Six employees were given honors for saving the life of a man from Calgary. A man named Ayaz Kara about 53 years old was playing squash at the recreational center at the Mount Royal University. The man suddenly felt dizzy and has difficulty in breathing. A student named Michael Dubnyk responded to the man and immediately provided CPR on Kara.
Saving a life
According to Dubnyk, it is like muscle memory, you help a man and starts providing chest compressions and the remaining is just history. A first aid instructor, Paul Hunka, heard what happened and immediately went to the area and helps Dubnyk provide CPR on Kara. Hunka has been teaching CPR and first aid for a long time, but it is the first time he has encountered this kind of emergency.
Dubnyk and Hunk continued providing CPR on Kara. A Mount Royal University supervisor hooked an AED or an automated external defibrillator on the man. He shocked the man at least 2 times. Kara was revived and reached out for the hand of Hunk. Kara was now “ok” and already responding.
Three more men jumped to help Kara before the Emergency Medical Services arrived in the area. They helped provide chest compressions on the man. According to Stuart Brideaux of the EMS, time is very critical in this kind of emergency. Every minute that the heart is not beating and there is no oxygen circulating in the brain, the possibility of survival decreases by about 10 percent.
Later Kara recalled, the last time he remembered that he collapses, my heart stopped and my whole body turned purple and blue.
Kara stayed in the hospital for several days until totally recovered. He wants to thank all the people who helped saved his life. According to Kara, the people who helped him are like angels in my eyes because they saved me. If it wasn’t for their effort and their dedications, I would not be here standing and talking before you today.
In the following months, Kara provided CPR on a person following a collision on Deerfoot Trail. Kara donated five defibrillators which is becoming popular in recent years. There are about 1,400 registered AED in Alberta.
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