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Muskogee firefighter saves wife's life

Posted at 8:41 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 09:41:34-04

MUSKOGEE — A Fort Gibson woman is calling her husband her hero this morning.

She says her husband's firefighter training meant he knew exactly what to do when an allergic reaction put her life in jeopardy.

Rachel and her husband Matt Hampton will never forget this year's family vacation.

That's because about 4:30 a.m. last thursday morning when their youngest son wanted a drink of water, Matt woke up and realized something was terribly wrong with Rachel.

Matt hampton says, "Her lips were blue and her eyes were rolled back in her head."

He remembered hearing something strange earlier in the night.

"I kept hearing this kinda like a snoring sound every once in a while - now I know it was she was basically gasping for air" Matt says.

Rachel was in distress.

"The issue were that she I guess she had an allergic reaction through the night. The tongue had swelled so it was really hard to get air breathing in her," Matt says.

Matt says he carried her to the living room, called 911,and started CPR, because her heart had stopped beating.

Rachel says, "The very next thing that I know I woke up in an ambulance."

Matt is a Muskogee firefighter and Thursday is his normal shift.

Rachael says, "He was here that night thankfully had he not been I would have been alone with my two boys and I can't imagine what the outcome would have been."

When Matt and Rachel married seven years ago, she never guessed they would come so close to "Until death do us part" so soon.

Rachel hampton: I feel like god put him in my life for way more reasons than one, but he eventually knew one night he was gonna be my hero and save my life and he absolutely did."

Rachel says they don't know what exactly triggered the allergic reaction.

But just to be on the safe side, she's equipped with a heart monitor for the next couple of weeks.

And her heart will always belong to Matt for being the hero who saved her life.

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