June 19, 2018
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Gym worker saves life of man suffering heart attack on treadmill

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A fitness worker is being called a hero for resuscitating a man who suffered a heart attack while working out on a treadmill at a New Hampshire club.

Twenty-two-year-old Whitni Hendley of York Beach, Maine, said the 65-year-old man had gone into cardiac arrest. He was not breathing and had no pulse.

The Portsmouth Herald reported Hendley grabbed an automated external defibrillator and prepared it to deliver a shock. She also was trying to keep everyone calm.

She said when the defibrillator read “shocking advised,” she thought, “Oh man, this is real now.” She shocked the man, then went right into CPR for two minutes — and got a pulse.

It was the first time she ever put her training from paramedic school to work.

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