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Second man's life saved by defibrillator Wednesday

A middle-aged man can thank a defibrillator and some fast-acting bystanders for saving his life.

Paramedics responded to a call for a heart-attack Wednesday night around 8:15 p.m. at the sports field in the area of Longfields Drive and Mount Shannon Drive in Barrhaven.

The 55-year-old male was revived after two bystanders jumped to action. One began CPR and the second ran to a nearby school to grab a defibrillator. They gave the man one shock from the device, and he regained a pulse.

When paramedics arrived, they continued CPR and transported the conscious patient.

This was the second life saved on Wednesday by a public defibrillator.

W4ednesday afternoon, a 58-year-old man, who had a heart attack at the R-A Centre, regained a pulse when the staff performed CPR used a defibrillatorlocated at the centre.

Both men were taken to hospital in serious condition.

Seventy-seven lives have now been saved since the Ottawa Paramedic Service Public Access Defibrillator program (PAD) was established in 2001.

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