Never Off The Clock: Nurse Saves Man After Near Drowning

(WFMY) Kimberly Meyran’s job is to help people. She’s a nurse at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital (Highpoint, NC)) in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.

This past weekend, she went to the beach with her friends, thinking she was getting a break from work.

But as she told WFMY News 2’s Morgan Hightower, as a nurse, she’s never really off the clock.

“It’s just something that comes to me naturally. Whether I am at a hospital or outside every day, it’s just instinct.”

Kimberly Meyran’s instinct kicked in while vacationing with her girlfriends at Atlantic Beach’s Fort Macon State Park.

They were lying on the beach when Kimberly noticed a crowd near the water, Saturday.

“I saw the lifeguard run down there so I told my friend I was going to go help them, see if I could help in any way,” explained Meyran.

When she got to the crowd, she found a man who wasn’t breathing. He had been pulled from the water and was unconscious.

“I checked and didn’t feel any pulse at all so that’s when I  told the lifeguard, we need to turn him over and start CPR.”

After two compressions, his pulse started again.

“In the moment, it’s the exact same because CPR is CPR. But afterwards, it was an adrenalin rush,” said Meyran. “It was very surreal.”

Saving lives is a part of Kimberly’s job description, but this was different.

“You don’t expect something like that to happen on your vacation.”

Back home, and getting ready to head back to work, Kimberly received an email saying the man she saved is still in the hospital and that his girlfriend is extremely thankful Kimberly came to his rescue.

“It is my job, I’m supposed to do it whether I’m at work or not. But it is a blessing to hear thank you, just those two words mean a lot,” said Kimberly.

Kimberly says she was told the man fractured and compressed a vertebra in his neck. He was taken to a Greenville hospital and Kimberly says he will likely be there for a few weeks.

His name has not been released and at this point, it is unknown what caused him to nearly drown.

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