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UBC Okanagan student Murray Forbes, 77, hugs classmate Kim Davarani during a meeting in which he got to directly thank her and other classmates who gave him more than 20 minutes of CPR in February after he had a heart attack on campus. (UBC)

77-year-old UBC student

A senior University of British Columbia student is thanking several classmates for saving his life four months after students at the school’s Kelowna campus gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for at least 20 minutes.

Murray Forbes, a 77-year-old engineering student at UBC Okanagan, suffered a heart attack on his way to class in February.

“I turned into a very populated part of the campus and collapsed,” he told CBC News, “I have no recollection of that except that’s where I was found.”

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He survived thanks to three fast-acting fellow students who found him soon after he fell and gave him CPR.

This week, he finally found his chance to thank his Okanagan campus rescuers directly, as well as the campus security officer who raced to the scene with a defibrillator.

“Obviously, I was very grateful and wanted to say thank you,” Forbes said in a phone interview.

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