His wife of 27 years was lying on the floor. Her lips were blue. Her heart had stopped.
Paramedics were nearly 20 minutes away from the Wilsonville ranch where he and his wife were housekeeping.
"They said, ‘You need to get down on your hands and knees right beside your wife and make sure she's completely flat on her back and then you need to start compressions,'" Campau said.
It had been two decades since Campau took a class on CPR, but if he didn't act, in five minutes his wife would have permanent brain damage. If it took much longer, she would be dead.
"I didn't know for sure if I was doing it right or wrong," Campau said. "I really had no idea, except, I knew that I had to do this because (otherwise) she really didn't have a chance."
On the phone, the 911 dispatcher walked the husband through hands only CPR. Campau continued to do chest compressions for 19 minutes until paramedics arrived and took over.
Then came the waiting game. It would be days before the Campau family would know whether Janine Campau would ever be the same. Finally, she woke up.
"It's been a great, great miracle for us because this family could not survive without her," Greg Campau said.
Bruised and tired, Janine Campau lost much of her memory.
"I just remember him telling me that he loved me twice," Janine Campau said.
She didn't recognize her own car when she left the hospital. Short-term memory loss is not uncommon for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest; doctors are confident Janine Campau will regain her memories in a few weeks.
In the meantime, the one thing she knows for sure is that her husband saved her life.
"I thank God that he loves me so much that he was able to do what he had to do," Janine Campau said.
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