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Bystander to the rescue as jogger suffers heart attack


Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park

Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park

Rathfarnham’s Marlay Park

A quick-thinking good Samaritan saved the life of a jogger in a Dublin park after he suffered a suspected heart attack.

The jogger, in his 50s, got into difficulty while going for a run around Marlay Park on St Stephen's Day morning and went into cardiac arrest.

However, he was fortunate when a bystander spotted him in pain and ran to his assistance.

The bystander called emergency services before performing CPR on the man.

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

He explained that the fast CPR action was pivotal in ensuring the man's well-being while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, with the jogger now said to be in an improving condition.


"The early CPR really made the difference, along with the advanced paramedic, who made interventions using the defibrillator and drugs," the spokesman said.

"The jogger is doing well in hospital."

Commenting about the incident online, Dublin Fire Brigade encouraged more people to learn how to conduct CPR as a resolution 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.