48-year-old nurse Ty Houston was voting in Southfield Township, Detroit, on Monday, when he witnessed a heartbreaking scene. An elderly couple had come in to cast their vote, when the husband suddenly became unresponsive.
“I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table. [...] His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn't respond. She screamed for help and I went over to see what I could do,” he said to Detroit News editors.
Houston applied CPR, helping the senior make a miraculous comeback.
“He was dead. [...] He had no heartbeat and he wasn't breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived,” he explained.
What happened next astounded the nurse. The man started breathing again. After losing his heartbeat for a moment, he came back to life, and the first thing he did was ask if he had voted.
“The first question he asked was 'Did I vote?,'” Houston said.
The wife was baffled, and he explained that he wished to able to see her again, and manage to vote for what could be his last time. "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote,” he named as his main concerns.
“Your life is my concern,” she told him.
Paramedics were called in, and took the couple to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Detroit News reports.
“It was definitely a 911 scenario,” hospital clerk Sharon Tischler confirmed. She wasn't able to give the pair's name, however, nor was the quick-acting nurse.
“It was God's divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day,” Houston said, recalling the incident.