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The 23-year-old painter was atop a 20-foot-tall scissor lift with a co-worker, sanding the tail of an aircraft, when he blacked out from cardiac arrest.
Once on the ground, he was successfully kept alive, using a combination of Cardiopul-monary Resuscitation and the AED, until medical help could arrive.
“There is a young person still enjoying life because people did what they were trained to do,” said Marcus Brown, public access defibrillator base coordinator. “It was a successful use.”
“He’s going to be OK,” said David Lockhart, aircraft painter and work team leader who used the AED to save his young co-worker. “If it hadn’t been for the AED, his two daughters would have been without a daddy.”
That afternoon Mr. Lockhart put his years of training on the AED to real-life use for the first time. Mr. Lockhart said his training dictated his actions.
“I took the AED and did my job,” he said.
The pads of the AED were applied to the victim, which advised the users to apply a shock. The unit then advised CPR for several minutes before noting a change in the victim’s heart rhythm. Another shock was administered, which restored the victim’s heart rhythm. Emergency Medical Services were on the scene within three minutes.