Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, a nurse midwife at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., is interviewed by radio and television reporters in Seattle, Jan. 18, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Douglas H Stutz)>
BREMERTON, Wash., Jan. 30, 2018 — Navy midwifes bring new life into the world. Occasionally, they also save lives.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erika Schilling, a military nurse midwife at Naval Hospital Bremerton here, recently used her medical skills to pull back a man from the brink of death on a local area ferry trip.
Schilling was traveling on the Washington State Ferry Kingston-Edmunds route when she overheard another passenger frantically comment that immediate medical attention was needed. A man had slumped over and appeared to be not breathing.
Schilling took command of the situation and provided emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 14 minutes to save the man's life.
Washington State Ferries awarded Schilling with the Life Ring Award certificate in recognition of her lif..