Cardiac arrest at a soccer tournament…luckily, there’s a ‘savior’ nearby
A government official in his 50s participating in a soccer tournament suddenly collapsed during a game. He had a heart problem and was counting down the minutes안전놀이터, but paramedics showed up in “three minutes” and saved his life.
Reporter Seung Hyun Cho
A man is lying on the ground.
A woman performs CPR on him.
Soon after, a female paramedic takes over.
The male paramedic grabs a bag and goes to the patient’s side.
It’s a “defibrillator” that analyzes the heartbeat and delivers an electric shock.
The accident happened yesterday morning during the first match of a civil service soccer tournament in Yangyang, Gangwon Province.
My 57-year-old aunt collapsed unconscious 15 minutes into the game.
However, the paramedics showed up within three minutes of the call.
They happened to be in a nearby neighborhood, four kilometers away.
[Kwon Eun-jung/Paramedic, Yangyang 119 Safety Center, Yangyang Fire Department, Gangwon Province: There are only three ambulances in Yangyang, so if we had gone out on another call, it would have been too late].
The collapsed Mr. Lee was in ‘ventricular fibrillation’.
His heart was beating irregularly and couldn’t contract properly, so it couldn’t deliver blood to his entire body.
[Kwon Eun-jung/Paramedic, Yangyang 119 Safety Center, Yangyang Fire Department, Gangwon Province: This is a situation where a cardiac electric shock is absolutely necessary; it is impossible to revive the patient with just CPR].
The paramedics gave him one shock with the defibrillator, and soon his breathing and pulse returned.
He was taken to the hospital and is in non-life-threatening condition.
[Soccer tournament official: He’s recovered, but we need to know what caused it, so we’re going to have to do some more tests…]
The paramedics said they hope this incident will bring more attention to not only CPR, but also defibrillators.