A retired doctor was recognized for the quick delivery of CPR to save a shooting victim. The shooting incident occurred in downtown Vancouver.
Cliff Chase is a former emergency room doctor. He was shopping in Yaletown when Gerald Battersby opened fire. Battersby shot his former landlord and employer in broad daylight, hitting his target in the chest at point-blank range.
Chase saw the victim, Paul Dragan, lying on the pavement. He quickly jumped into action. For him, it was a reflex and becomes part of what he does.
He stopped bystanders from starting CPR indicating that pumping Dragan’s heart would only worsen his condition. Instead, Chase assisted the man in breathing and utilized a towel from nearby coffee shop to stop the flow of blood.
Upon the arrival of the paramedics, he briefed them on Dragan’s condition so they could continue with the life-saving efforts he had started. Chase stated that he did not think the man would survive because he was bleeding out.
Luckily, Dragan survived the ordeal, largely due to the efforts of the doctor who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Saving a life
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that is vital during emergencies. Prompt delivery of this first aid skill along with other techniques improves the chances of survival.
For more information about this story, click here.
Learn how to help by enrolling in a first aid and CPR course and for more information, check out these sources: