Luckily, a New Hampshire man had the perfect running partner in Danville Police Officer Michelle Cooper. When the 45-year-old clutched his chest and collapsed on the track at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, Cooper pulled out the cell phone she was carrying to call 911 and immediately started CPR.
Kingston Police Officers James Champion and Michael Prescott arrived about two minutes later with the ZOLL AED Plus® automated external defibrillator Champion carries in his cruiser. A few minutes after the AED was deployed, the man’s heart was once again beating in a normal rhythm. He had no history of heart problems and was unaware of the small blockage that caused his cardiac arrest. Doctors have inserted a stent and with no serious damage to his heart, say that the prognosis is good for the husband and father of a five-year-old boy.
The AEDs carried by Kingston officers, which were donated by ZOLL, have been used four times this year. “To have this work and to have him back, it's a miracle,” said Champion. "His family is going to have him for Christmas. Talk about a second chance.”
Kingston Police Officers Michael Prescott, left, and James Champion hold the ZOLL AED Plus® used to revive a 45-year-old New Hampshire man who collapsed while running on Dec. 9. Photo credit: Jason Schreiber, Union Leader Correspondent
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