How Tate saved the life of boyfriend’s Mother

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Outside of the fights, the media often covers fighters when things go wrong: Failing drug testing, criminal activity, etc. So it is refreshing to hear a story about a fighter that goes above and beyond to help someone, or in this case, actually save someone's life:

“She was already a little blue when we got there, and then got bluer, and then she got purple,” said Tate. “The blood vessels were bursting in her face. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Her eyes were kind of rolling around in her head and at one point they rolled over and she looked right at me, just me and her, and I couldn’t tell if she could see me, but looking into her eyes right there I was like, she’s going to die. We have to do something. It felt like she was looking into my soul.”

“Then out of nowhere Miesha picks up the inhaler,” said Caraway. “Without even thinking about what it might do to her, she takes, like, 10 puffs of the inhaler and then starts giving my mom mouth-to-mouth.”

At first, Caraway recalled, it seemed like a waste of time and valuable medicine. They’d already tried the inhaler. What if she did start breathing again and needed it, only to find that it was all gone?

“I was just like, ‘It’s better to have none left than to have some left that she can’t use because she’s dead,’” Tate said. “This is it. We have no other options. At that point, I think she would’ve been gone in a minute or so.”

Tate told Caraway to plug his mother’s nose as she breathed the air from the inhaler, trying to force it deep enough for the medicine to work.

“I just knew that inhalers are bronchial dilators, and that they relax the bronchial tubes,” said Tate. “So I knew that the only way she was going to be able to breathe on her own was if we could get it in there. We’d tried to spray it in her mouth a few times, but there was no air going in or out.”

After a few breaths using Tate’s method, however, they heard a low gurgling, a sound like someone struggling to breathe at maybe five percent of their normal capacity. From inside her throat came a popping noise, like a dam breaking.

“You could hear the pop, and then she started breathing a little bit,” said Caraway.

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