Monday 26 September 2016

Irish man (24) who saved a stranger’s life in Indiana: 'I shocked him and luckily he came back'

Published 19/08/2016 | 15:34

Barry saved the life of a stranger in an Indianapolis gym on Wednesday
Barry saved the life of a stranger in an Indianapolis gym on Wednesday

An Irish man (24) has stressed the importance of learning CPR, after his skills allowed him to save the life of a stranger who collapsed in an Indiana gym.

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Barry Moore, from Dublin, was working in the gym in Indianapolis when a man went into cardiac arrest while playing basketball.

The Sport Science graduate helped to resuscitate the man, who is in his seventies, on Wednesday using a defibrillator.

“On Wednesdays this group of older guys, there are about 20 of them, always play basketball. I was doing rounds of the gym and as I walked out of the locker area I noticed them all gathering around someone on the floor.

“I rushed to grab the AED (defibrillator), and a doctor among them had already started compressions. I took over CPR and when it was time, I used the AED to shock him. Luckily he came back and the first thing he said was ‘I’m here’.”

The basketball player is now making a full recovery after having two stents placed in his heart, but Barry stressed the importance of learning life-saving skills and said he “wouldn’t have had a clue” had he not taken CPR courses in Rush and in university.

“My manager rang the hospital, and the guy is doing okay now. He’s going to be okay. I absolutely think everyone should do a course in CPR. I wouldn’t have had a clue what to do in that situation had I not done one.

“It is a great feeling to know that I helped someone, and my boss said I did a really good job. A lot of people might freeze or panic, but I just didn’t. It’s nice to be recognised and the paramedics said they’re trying to put me forward for an award, but we’ll see what happens," he said.

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