Dr. Oz Saves Man Who Had Heart Attack In Airport

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, star of The Dr. Oz Show, jumped into action and helped to save a man who had a heart attack at Newark Airport in New Jersey.

USA Today reported that a Port Authority Officer named Jeffrey Croissant was first to notice the 60-year-old man after he collapsed at a baggage claim carousel at the airport.

Officer Croissant realized that the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse. According to USA Today, he began to administer CPR.


Dr. Oz Jumped Into Action

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Dr. Oz, who was in the airport after returning to the area from a trip to Florida, noticed the situation and jumped into action. 

He is a cardiac surgeon affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell University Medical Center, according to Healthgrades.

He administered CPR and helped to clear the fallen man's air passage.

Until officers arrived, Dr. Oz stayed with the gentleman.

Officers helped the man with the use of a defibrillator. They applied shocks to his chest until he was able to breathe on his own.


The Officer Did Not Know It Was Dr. Oz Behind His Mask

According to the USA Today report, Officer Croissant did not know that the television personality was the gentleman who rushed to assistance. He did not recognize the famous television personality and said it was difficult to know who he was because he was masked.

"Who better help to have than a cardiac surgeon?" the officer asked.

Dr. Oz spoke of the incident on his Twitter page. He shared his experience and the importance of learning CPR. The surgeon also posted a link to how to perform the resuscitation method.


Dr. Oz Shares Tips For Performing CPR On Twitter

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In a Twitter post the doctor wrote, "Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived at Newark Airport. I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man's airway. Thankfully, the airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life."

He explained in a subsequent tweet, "As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency. Another critical reminder of how important it is to take the time to learn how to do CPR and use a defibrillator."

Dr. Oz Said The Man Is Being Evaluated In The Hospital 

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TMZ posted an interview with the doctor shortly after the incident occurred.

He explained that the man's wife was standing next to the fallen victim in shock. 

Dr. Oz said the man had no pulse so he immediately performed CPR. He said in the interview that you don't worry about breaking ribs by pressing hard on the chest, because a broken rib is nothing compared to one's life.

Dr. Oz explained that an automatic defibrillator machine can diagnose if a person is dead or not and if they are, it will shock them at the highest possible power.  The machine turned on, indicating the man was deceased and shocked him, restarting his heart.

Dr. Oz said he has since spoken to the man's wife and he is still in the hospital and under evaluation.