Pay It 4Ward: Oklahoma nurse rescues unconscious man on catamaran tour


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A vacation in Mexico takes a dramatic turn for a couple from Oklahoma.

They were celebrating their anniversary in the Pacific Ocean when a life-threatening emergency spurred the woman into action.

Josh and Patty Allen were on a beach vacation in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, for their fourth birthday when Patty heard a commotion aboard the boat.

Patty is a Registered Nurse with 15 years of experience.

For the past two years, she has been a frontline fighter at Inspire Specialty Hospital in Midwest City.

Nurse Patty knows how to spot a patient in distress.

“He was blue gray, no pulse,” recalled another nurse, Rhea Frick. “So she immediately sprang into action and started CPR.”

Patty Allen while on vacation.

Patty resuscitated the passenger in cardiac arrest, then left her husband on the catamaran to go ashore with his patient.

Frick knew as soon as she heard the story, it would have a happy ending.

“I think she really is a hero,” Frick said.

First Fidelity Bank is proud to recognize Patty Allen with a Pay It 4Ward award.

“I wish we had more people like that in this world,” said Pam Bollman of First Fidelity Bank.

When Patty’s co-workers heard about her Pay It Forward nomination, they all turned in for the surprise.

“You are a very strong nurse and an everyday hero, and you deserve this money,” Frick said.

First Fidelity Bank gave Patty Allen $400 – a small reward for her heroism on the high seas.

“Two heart vessels were blocked. He had a heart attack. He had to get stents in Mexico,” Patty recalls. “Thank goodness God put us there at that time because I don’t know if it would have been okay any other way. We had no equipment. I have never performed CPR outside of a hospital without any equipment.

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Patty Allen, a heroine.

Patty Allen is humbled by her role in this life-saving action.

In fact, she didn’t even tell her co-workers about the rescue when she got home to Oklahoma.

Frick read about it on Facebook and spread the word.

“Oh! I’m so grateful that she went out of her way to take the time to acknowledge me,” Patty said. “I’m so blessed for everyone I work with. We’re such a great team.

Patty’s birthday adventure took place last month.

She came home with a tan and a beautiful memory to celebrate year after year.

Also, Patty heard from his patient’s wife a few weeks ago.

He survived.

He spent several days in intensive care and is now recovering at his home in Minnesota.


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