Ottawa paramedics Alex Blaga and Brittany Smith were patrolling a 10K course on bike when they helped an off-duty paramedic revive a runner on Saturday, May 25, 2019 during Ottawa Race Weekend. Ottawa Paramedic Service / .
QUICK THINKING: Paramedics revive runner who collapsed during Race Weekend 10K
Quick action by an off-duty paramedic running in the Ottawa Race Weekend 10K helped revive a fellow runner who collapsed during the Saturday evening event.
Paramedics say the patient collapsed near Lansdowne at 7:40 p.m. An off-duty paramedic, who was running, stopped to perform CPR until an on-duty unit arrived.
Ottawa paramedics say the runner, a man in his 60s, collapsed on the course near TD Place at about 7:40 p.m. The off-duty paramedic stopped and immediately started CPR on the man. Two paramedics patrolling the course by bike arrived shortly afterward and used a defibrillator to deliver one shock to the man’s heart.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance in critical condition, but was expected to survive, paramedics said in a media release Saturday night.
“The latest update was that he was in hospital, conscious and talking,” the Ottawa Paramedic Service’s Marc-Antoine Deschamps said late Saturday night. “That’s extremely optimistic.”
Runners — and paramedics — will be out on the streets again Sunday for the marathon and half-marathon.
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