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Triathlete Doctor Saves A Life

Dr. Tricia DeLaMora has spent her entire career helping others but one of her most importantย medical moments came unexpectedly during a triathlon. DeLaMora was competing in a grueling Ironman triathlon in Santa Rosa, California and it was right in the middle of the 112-mile bike portion of the race when she came upon a competitor in distress.

“He wasn’t breathing. There were some other people around him trying to comfort him. I gave him CPR until first responders arrived.โ€

Once paramedics arrived on the scene, DeLaMora resumed the brutal race, but couldn’t stop thinking about the man and the life she tried to save.

“Every time I saw an official on the road I was asking if they had heard anything about the man who collapsed on the course. It wasn’t until I got off the bike and started the 26-mile run that I learned about his condition. They said he was breathing and in the hospital already, which was a big relief.”

DeLaMora, whose medical practice is in New York City, had a big smile on her face that propelled her as she ran the final leg, a marathon in 95-degree heat, to finish the mega endurance event, which she did.

Several weeks later, officials from the Kona Ironman in Hawaii, which is the most legendary of all Triathlons, paid a surprise visit to DeLaMora at her office while she was attending to her patients. The officials offered her a coveted spot in the race as a way to show their appreciation for her heroic quick thinking. DeLaMora accepted. However, she only had three weeks to prepare for it.

“That didn’t matter, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was going. I was totally shocked and just couldn’t believe it.โ€

Tricia DeLaMora completed the race in Hawaii, capping a whirlwind couple of months and enough memories for lifetime. Somewhere, there is a man who will never ever forget the woman who got off her bike in the middle of a race to save his life.

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