Bystanders revived a 15-year old with CPR and a defibrillator. The child collapsed while playing futsal at Sir Robert Borden High School on Greenbank Road.
An automated external defibrillator that was stationed at the school was utilized. The boy was playing in a futsal tournament when he collapsed. Futsal is a version of indoor soccer played with a slightly smaller ball.
Luckily, a cardiologist who was present initiated CPR while others retrieved the school’s defibrillator. The child was given a single shock before the arrival of the paramedics. The paramedics continued with the resuscitation efforts and delivered more shocks before his pulse was restored.
Serious but in a stable condition
The boy regained consciousness while on the way to a local hospital. He is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in serious but stable condition.
Without the rapid response of the bystanders, the outcome would have been a different one. The event simply shows the importance of bystander CPR and the immediate use of a defibrillator.
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