Archive - Sep 20, 2011

Archive - Sep 20, 2011

Rep. Phil Roe Uses CPR and AED to Help Save a Life

Republican Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) may have saved a life Tuesday morning by performing CPR on a man who collapsed in a Charlotte, N.C., airport.

Roe, formerly a practicing OB/GYN before he was elected to Congress, was walking through the airport with fellow Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) when someone cried out about a man who had collapsed, reports the Daily Caller.

Roe immediately rushed over and began performing CPR in an attempt to save the man’s life. By the time Roe reached him, the man did not have a heartbeat.

The congressman “brought the man back to life — he was dead. The AED [automatic external defibrillator] machine showed that he was flat-lining,” Roe’s press secretary, Amanda Little, told POLITICO.

CPR was not successful in resuscitating the man, so when emergency medical technicians arrived shortly after, Roe assisted them with the emergency defibrillator, which shocked the man back to life, added Little.

Celtics Coach Saves a Life

NEWTON, Mass. -- None of us knows when we'll get our final shot in life, but Chuck Conley realizes his could have been last week.

Conley, of Belmont, was playing a basketball pickup game when he collapsed.

"It was scary. I had no pulse, no breathing. I had heart stoppage," said Conley. The Wednesday night pickup game at Newton's Hyde Community Center was taking a water break when Conley sat down to catch his breath.

"Next thing I know it's tunnel vision and I passed out,” said Conley. His breathing stopped and then his heart.

Several players rushed to give Conley CPR. One player in particular, Bryan Doo, the Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach, remembered the defibrillator hanging on the wall.

"The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him," Doo said.

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