Last month several runners collapsed during the Market Square Day 10K. One suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
In yesterday’s CPR by Donation class one of the participants in the class mentioned that she was there. She didn’t assist with CPR, and not because she didn’t want to. She said that there were so many people there already helping him it just made sense to stand back and wait to see if she was indeed needed. She said bystanders started Hands-Only CPR right away and that after the Portsmouth Fire Department used their defibrillator the runner was conscious when placed in the ambulance. Last I had heard from other sources is that he is recovering well.
This is great news! Early onset of Hands-Only CPR works.
But the most rewarding part of the story for me is that so many people jumped in to help. No one was afraid to help someone, a total stranger, a runner in a race, when he needed help the most. This man is alive and recovering well due to the hands and hearts of bystanders who were just watching a race go by. They are the winners of the day.