A man whose heart stops saved with prompt delivery of CPR

14 October 2020
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14 October 2020, Comments: 0

A man whose heart stopped beating was saved by a mystery hero. It was a trip that the man will never forget.

Life-saving intervention

Stefan Tergesen was trying to fly to southern India for his goddaughters’ wedding, but his final destination ended up in a healthcare facility after he went into cardiac arrest.

Living in rural Manitoba, Tergesen’s first flight was a connection from Winnipeg to Toronto. The flight ended up delayed which placed his next flight, from Toronto to India in jeopardy. In a rush to catch it, he grabbed his carry-on luggage and ran across Toronto Pearson International Airport, reaching the gate moments before the plane started boarding. He stood up and felt slightly light-headed and dizzy. The next thing that he recalls is being on a stretcher and loaded into the back of an ambulance and there was a person telling him that his heart stopped.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save a life.

Unknown hero

When Tergesen collapsed, a nurse in line to board the plane quickly started CPR. The quick-thinking nurse used a nearby defibrillator to jump-start the heart of Tergesen.

Importance of first aid training

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save a life. Prompt delivery of life-saving techniques improves the chances of survival during emergencies.

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