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Monday, May 18, 2009

REPRESENTATIVE/DOCTOR ZERWAS SAVES COLLEAGUE'S LIFE

What's the value of having a doctor - or two - in the House? Ask the family of State Rep. Ed Kuempel (R-Seguin). The veteran lawmaker suffered a heart attack in a capitol elevator during a late night session. Anesthesiologist Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), supervised the work to resuscitate Representative Kuempel before ambulances arrived to rush him to the hospital. 'Dr. Zerwas saved Edmund's life,' House Administration Committee Chair Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) said the next day as the House gave a standing ovation to Representative Zerwas and Rep. Mark Shelton, MD (R-Fort Worth). Representative Kuempel remains in critical but stable condition.

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