Archive - Nov 26, 2011

Archive - Nov 26, 2011

Patient who collapsed at gym thanks worker who helped save him

By Charles McMahon cmcmahon [at] seacoastonline [dot] com November 23, 2011 2:00 AM PORTSMOUTH — It was an emotional moment on Tuesday morning at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, as Planet Fitness employee Whitni Hendley met the man whose life she helped save just one week earlier.

John Foster, 65, of Rye, said he's thankful Hendley was working when he collapsed while running on a treadmill Nov. 15 at the Lafayette Road gym.

What caused John Foster to collapse?

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Helm said Foster's (below) heart stopped because of a condition called bicuspid aortic valve.

What is bicuspid aortic valve? It's a disorder in which the valve has only two leaflets, or flaps, that control blood flow through the heart. Like the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valves, normal aortic valves have three tissue leaflets.

Four Saves in One Week

OTTAWA--A 61-year-old man who collapsed on the ice during a hockey game Friday night was the fourth man in a week revived with an automatic external defibrillator by a bystander.

Dan Séguin, a sports journalist with CBC, was in net when his defenseman crumpled right in front of him.

“He just basically collapsed to the ice,” Séguin said Saturday. “When I looked at him, there was no response already and his ear was blue.”

The referee blew the whistle during the game Friday at the Kanata Recreation Complex and the scene became chaotic as players scrambled to help the man, Séguin said.

But off-duty firefighter Pat Aubrey, 51, saw that the 61-year-old defenseman had collapsed and immediately went to the man’s aid.

The man was breathing heavily and Aubrey thought he may have fainted. Aubrey said the man’s color began to change, his eyes rolled back into his head and his pulse faded.

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