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Poll worker saved by custodian on Election Day

November 12, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO — Emira Adilovic, a Gotsch Intermediate School custodian, saved the life of a poll worker who collapsed in a heart attack as the polls closed on Election Day, according to the Affton-Shrewsbury Patch.

Emira AdilovicAdilovic used CPR and a defibrillator to stabilize the poll worker, keeping the man alive during the 20-minute wait for the fire department to arrive and transport him to the hospital, the article stated.

According to the article, despite Adilovic's actions, the poll worker, known only as George, died on Friday after spending four days in the hospital.

"I am sad, but I am happy because he had time with his family," said Adilovic, who was born in Bosnia.

This is apparently not the first time Adilovic has saved a life with her bare hands: About eight years ago, Adilovic heard a girl having a grand mal seizure, causing glass to break and slice through a blood vessel in the girl's neck, the article noted.

At that time, Adilovic pushed aside the girl’s mother, who was trying to use clothes to stop the bleeding, and inserted her own fingers into the cut to close the vessel, the article added.

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