Man Suffers Heart Attack at a Heart Disease Conference

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 12:45 PM

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If there is a good place to have a heart attack, this man found it. An unidentified man collapsed after going into cardiac arrest at a Lewiston, Maine, conference on heart disease on Monday. The Sun Journal reports that the man was saved by a doctor and three nurses who were speaking at the event.

Dr. William Phillips told the Journal, “We were talking about angina and this man raised his hand and said, ‘I’m having it right now.’” Phillips and three nurses — identified as Brenda Robitaille, Nicola Adams, and Heidi Lango — performed CPR to revive the man in front of 100 stunned onlookers.

Dr. Phillips did not fail to see the irony of the situation. “I can’t tell you how I was hoping that guy was going to open his eyes, because, I thought, nothing could be worse if he dies right here,” he said.

The conference was held next door to the Central Maine Medical Center, where the patient was taken after being resuscitated. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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