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Good Samaritans race into action to save choking woman at Morton's Steakhouse in Boca Raton

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 11:08:07-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A woman saved by two good Samaritans when she started choking at a Boca Raton steakhouse is now out of the hospital, her family confirms.

Karlton Brown posted a video on Facebook saying the woman went into cardiac arrest at Morton's Steakhouse at 5050 Town Center Circle around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Brown and his husband, who are both CPR certified, said they jumped in and gave the woman CPR until the item was dislodged, saving her life.

"She lost consciousness," said Paul Fogarty-Brown. "And then her pulse, her heart stopped. And at that stage it was, pumping her heart, he was pumping her upper gastric trying to dislodge the food and stuff."

"She is completely purple, her forehead, her eyes, her lips, and I said to him quietly, 'We are not going to lose her, we are not going to lose her,'" said Brown.

Brown, who is a volunteer firefighter, has to go through CPR training every two years.

But Fogarty-Brown said they both like to go to basic life support training in order to be ready for any emergency.

Both said they would like to see more people go through CPR and BLS training. Brown said it would make a great New Year's resolution.

The woman's family told WPTV on Friday that she's back home and doing well, and plans to meet the men who saved her life.