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Man thanks doctor for saving life in traffic

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -

Dr. Mike Murphy was driving through East Boston a few weeks ago when he noticed another driver who had suffered a heart attack.

"It looked like the person driving was leaning over trying to get something, but something just didn't seem right," Murphy said.

That man was Matthew O’Connell and Murphy was in the right place at the right time to save him.

Murphy is an emergency room doctor at Mount Auburn Hospital, so he said he knew what was happening as soon as he got out of the car, but he wasn’t prepared.

“The frustrating thing is I'm a doctor, I work in the emergency room and I have my tools with me, but I didn't have anything,” Murphy said.

Murphy and O’Connell were both driving from their Winthrop homes when they got stuck in traffic together in East Boston.

“I remember getting in my car and starting out of the parking lot where I live. After that it’s a blank. I actually drove two miles without hitting anybody. I was just very lucky,” O’Connell said.

Dr. Murphy says he saw O'Connell cut several cars off and drive into the curb. Through the whole thing he didn’t see any brake lights.

While waiting for an ambulance to arrive Murphy started administering CPR.

The next day O’Connell woke up surrounded by family and friends but unaware of what had happened.

“I feel great. This father's day was the best one I had just because I almost wasn't here,” he said.

O’Connell says when his family told him what happened he immediately tracked down Dr. Murphy to thank him.

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