Sunday 18 August 2019

Jogger saved by bystander after going into cardiac arrest in Dublin park

Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park
Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park

Cathal McMahon

A St Stephen's Day jogger had a lucky escape after a quick-thinking bystander saved his life.

Independent.ie has learned that the man, who is in his 50s, went into cardiac arrest while out running in Marlay Park, South Dublin this morning.

A bystander spotted that the man was in difficulty and quickly came to his aid. The good Samaritan started performing CPR while an ambulance was called to the location.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed that an ambulance and the fire engine from Nutgrove with an advanced paramedic on board were dispatched.

"The early CPR really made the difference along with the advanced paramedic who made interventions using the defibrillator & drugs," the spokesperson said. "The jogger is doing well in hospital."

The Emergency Services are encouraging people to learn CPR for the new year.

It was not the first time a bystander has come to the rescue of a runner in trouble in the city.

During the 2015 Dublin Marathon, a female competitor collapsed and was saved by a male cardiac nurse who had been nearby.

The nurse just happened to be in the right place at the right time and was able to administer the appropriate medical procedures on the woman.

Her heart had not been beating before he performed the life-saving CPR.

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