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  Seguin lawmaker Edmund Kuempel collapses in Capitol elevator
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Last EditedDFWDem  May 13, 2009 07:59am
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News DateWednesday, May 13, 2009 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy EMILY RAMSHAW / Austin Bureau

AUSTIN – State Rep. Edmund Kuempel collapsed in a Capitol elevator on Tuesday night and was rushed to Austin's University Medical Center at Brackenridge.

The lawmaker who helped resuscitate him said Kuempel had regained a pulse by the time he left the Capitol by ambulance but was not breathing on his own.

Kuempel, 66, R-Seguin, was found by a Capitol staffer on the floor of the elevator. It's unknown how long he was in the elevator before he was found.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, an anesthesiologist who was called to help revive Kuempel about 10:15 p.m., said he was unconscious and had no pulse.

Zerwas and paramedics used CPR and a defibrillator to resuscitate Kuempel, shocking him eight times before they established a steady pulse.
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