Posted on 09/15/2007

September 15, 2007–HONOLULU–For the third time since July, a life has been saved at a Honolulu International Airport with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Thanks to quick thinking by those around him, a 76-year-old man from New Jersey is alive.

Doctors Jonathan Duca and Nanette Duca-Cruz came in on a flight from New Jersey on Saturday, when they heard a call for help.

“We came down to baggage claim, and we were standing at the carousel waiting to get our bags, and someone came and yelled, ‘Help! Is there a doctor? Is there a nurse?’” said Dr. Duca, a fourth-year anesthesiology resident at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

A man had collapsed at a baggage claim area. The doctors immediately started CPR while airport employees brought an AED. Dr. Duca-Cruz, also a fourth-year anesthesiology resident, used the AED to bring the man’s heart back to a normal rhythm.

The victim is recovering at The Queen's Medical Center.

-Source: KHNL TV