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Ottawa woman saved a jogger’s life with timely CPR

An Ottawa woman helped save the life of a jogger with CPR along with city workers. The incident occurred in Neil Nesbitt Park.

Adele Gawley was driving home from Starbucks and while passing Neill Nesbitt Park, she saw a group of workers in orange safety vests huddled over the body of a man on the ground.

Helping hand

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The paramedics credited Gawley and Featherston for helping in saving the life of the man.

Without thinking, she pulled her vehicle over and rushed to check. Upon seeing the man, she knew that there was something wrong since he was turning bluish. A few moments later, after turning the man on his side as a safety precaution, City of Ottawa parks employee, Troy Featherston asked if they should start compressions.

They turned the man onto his back and Gawley, a trained lifeguard started to press on his ribs to find the right place to start the compressions. A landscaper was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher providing updates.

Immediate action

According to Gawley, she simply flipped into a different side of her brain. When Troy started with the compressions, the color of the man started to change.

The paramedics arrived in a short while. They delivered 2 shocks to the man using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and injected epinephrine. This restored the circulation and the man was able to breathe and move on his own.

The man was transported to a healthcare facility where he was in a critical but stable condition. The paramedics credited Gawley and Featherston for helping in saving the life of the man.

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