An Abbotsford man was
alive after a deadly arrhythmia at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre. If a
sudden heart attack occurs, the ideal setting would be in a location with a
paramedic and other health care professionals present and an available
It was the case for an
Abbotsford man who was alive after suffering a deadly arrhythmia. The
middle-aged man with an average build was on the treadmill at the gym. After
his workout, he joined his wife who was running on the track. It was then that he
Lifepak on the rescue
According to the
facility manager, Jennifer Thornton, we were lucky that medical professionals
were present in the building that time.
An off-duty paramedic, Jim Earle was working out when he heard the commotion. An auxiliary firefighter, Brian Wiens was also at the gym. They assessed the man and started CPR, taking turns every 2 minutes. There were also 2 emergency room nurses attending a birthday party downstairs who arrived on the scene. In addition, there was also a Corrections officer with CPR training.
A Lifepak defibrillator
was also at the ARC. It was installed around a year ago and it was responsible
for saving the life of the man. According to Thornton, it only required one
shock to bring him back.
According to the
on-duty paramedic, Pete Smith, his job was made easy. Upon the arrival of the
ambulance on the scene, the man was already conscious and talking. He added
that the situation would have been different if not for the availability of the
Lifepak. Since the man was suffering a lethal arrhythmia, defibrillation is the
only option to fix it.
The man was
disoriented with a bleeding nose. It indicates that he was unconscious even as
he fell to the ground. He was transported to Abbotsford Regional Hospital and stayed
for further observation.
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