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(Updated 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22)
Gym club members use defibrilator to save man's life

Special to Orléans Online

Quick-thinking gym club staff and an off-duty paraedic are being credited for saving a man's life on Monday after he had collapsed at the club from an apparent heart attack.

A 57 year-old male was lifting weights shortly after 9 a.m. when witnesses saw him collapse to the floor. They approached him and alerted staff at the facility. An off-duty paramedic who was at the facility at that time also approached and found the man without vital signs. CPR was started by witnesses and facility staff retrieved a nearby AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).

One shock was delivered by this device and the patients assessed to have a strong pulse. Moments later paramedics arrived as the man began to breathe on his own. A few minutes after, he regained consciousness.
 
Upon arrival at the hospital, the man was conscious and speaking to emergency room staff.
 
The Ottawa Paramedic Service credit the quick-thinking staff and members at the facility for saving the man's life. The incident is yet another example of the potential outcome for cardiac arrest when an on-site AED is properly used in conjunction with CPR.

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