Off-Duty Paramedic Saves Ontario Man s Life

OTTAWA — An off-duty paramedic and alert staff saved the life of a 20-year-old man with a defibrillator after he collapsed while playing ball hockey at an Ottawa-area arena Saturday morning, paramedics said.

Paramedics said the man was without vital signs when the advanced-care paramedic rushed out of the stands and began to administer CPR at about 10:30 a.m. in Cumberland, Ont.

Arena staff ran to get the public-access defibrillator and helped the paramedic administer two shocks. When the ambulance arrived, the victim was awake and talking, paramedics said. Paramedics stabilized the man at the scene and took him to hospital, where his condition was upgraded to non-life threatening. He had suffered sudden cardiac arrest, paramedics said.

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