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Dragon boat racer revived after heart attack

Published: Sep. 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A dragon boat racer is in the hospital after suffering a heart attack during the race.

It happened over the weekend on the Red River in Shreveport. Spectators watched as fellow racers and Shreveport Firefighters tried to revive the victim.

Knowing that only four minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage, medical personnel wasted no time giving the man critical care immediately.

The man hasn't been identified yet, but we're told he was a participant in the dragon boat races and that he was in the boat when he had a heart attack.

Teammates worked on him until their boat arrived on the bank, that's when fire fighters, who were also racing, took over and were able to revive him.

"Early defibrillation, which is shocking the patient, and trying to get the rhythm back to pumping in the heart, and early advance life support, increases the odds of survivability, and that's exactly what this individual had," said Scott Wolverton, Shreveport Fire Department's Chief Safety Officer.

Wolverton goes on to say this is a good example of why everyone should learn CPR. The quick response by his teammates, and fire fighters is likely the reason the man is alive and recovering in the hospital.

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