Saturday 20 January 2018

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

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
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

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.

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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