Good Deed On National Mall Saves Man’s Life

Bystanders rush to help man who went into cardiac arrest

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Good Deed On National Mall Saves Man’s Life

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A man is still alive today thanks to the good hearts of several people on the National Mall.

The man collapsed and went into cardiac arrest Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, according to the Washington Post.

“The guy was gone,” James Tansey, one of four bystanders, told the Post.  “No heartbeat, no pulse” and not breathing, he added.

Tansey ran to help.  Two paramedics and a doctor, who were, coincidentally, also in the area, joined him.  Tansey told the Post that the doctor performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  A short time later, National Park Service rangers arrived with an automated external defibrillator, which restarted the man’s heart.

U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser told the Post that the man was in “apparently relatively stable” when he was taken to a local hospital.  And he has four bystanders to thank for that.

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