Talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz rushed to the aid of a woman in Florida who suddenly collapsed at a promotional event in Florida. The television host and embattled doctor stayed with the woman, whose name has not been released, until paramedics arrived. Then he finished his presentation.
Witnesses reportedly yelled, “We need a doctor! We need a doctor! This isn’t a joke!” which instantly got the doctor’s attention.
“I initially thought they had wanted a picture or they wanted me just to look up there. But they were actually making space, which is always a sign that someone’s fallen down. She was sitting on a bench and fell forward without resisting at all.”
According to USA Today, Dr. Oz made a dramatic rescue, jumping over a barrier and running up a mall staircase to reach his patient.
Oz explained, “She very cutely said, ‘I knew I could get you up here if I fainted,'” he said. “But she knew that she had something new that happened to her health.”
Dr. Oz first checked to make sure she had a clear airway and was still breathing. While quizzing the woman, he learned that she recently started taking a new medicine, and she had allergies to other medications in the past.
He then put a candy underneath the her tongue in case she was suffering from low blood sugar.
First Coast News reports that he stayed with her until paramedics arrived. Apparently she was a nurse and went to a hospital where she had previously worked.
The crowd was patient with Dr. Oz. After about 10 to 15 minutes, the nurse was rushed away from the scene and the doctor finished his presentation.
The New York Daily News reports that Dr. Oz gave the audience some important advice after the incident.
“Go get a first aid class, it’s the simplest thing you can do and you can save lives. Most people die in front of their family.”
For Mehmet Oz, a knowledge of medicine has come in handy in a number of emergencies.
Most recently, the celebrity doctor was on the scene of a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike on May 9. He stopped his car and helped two victims until emergency workers arrived.
USA Today listed some of his other newsworthy rescues, but despite his public heroics, Dr. Oz’s reputation remains damaged.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Dr. Oz is still recovering from a study that claimed the advice on his show was often “baseless” or just plain wrong. The doctor appeared to be selling medical products rather than giving sound advice. Likewise, doctors at Columbia University accused Oz of being a “quack.”
Dr. Oz has admitted to making some mistakes, but still defends his show and reputation from critics.
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