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.