Doctor Dressed as Elvis Revives Vegas Marathon Runner

Runners fill the Las Vegas Strip during the Las Vegas marathon and half-marathon Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Las Vegas. More than 28,000 runners participated in the races. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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By Kelli Sutterman

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — It wasn't blue suede shoes but a pair of sneakers that led a San Francisco doctor dressed as Elvis Presley to a woman who passed out at a Las Vegas restaurant after a marathon.

Claudio Palma tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was dressed as the King after Sunday's Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon when he performed CPR and resuscitated another runner at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place.

The 36-year-old was clad in a jumpsuit, sideburns and scarf for the race and may have looked like Presley, but in real life, he's an anesthesiologist.

Palma says paramedics then arrived, and the woman gave him a weird look and told him she was OK.

He says the incident wasn't the only heart-stopping one that day: he also got married at a run-thru chapel during the race.

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