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Man saves cardiac arrest victim by falling on him

When the man tried to stop his friend from falling over, he accidentally fell on top of his chest, "jumpstarting" his heart

By Claire Bates
Daily Mail  

LANCASHIRE, England — A man who collapsed and 'died' at work had his life saved when his heart was literally jump-started by a friend who fell on him.

Father-of-two Kevin Brockbank, 54, keeled over after suffering a massive heart attack during a coffee break. Colleague Martin Amriding panicked and reached out to grab his friend of 35 years - but as Kevin slumped to the floor he was dragged down with him.

Engineer Martin, who weighs 15 stone, fell onto Kevin's chest - and the impact kick-started his heart. Paramedics raced to the scene and rushed Kevin to hospital - where doctors confirmed Martin's fall saved his life. Father-of-two Martin, of Preston, Lancashire, said: 'I saw Kevin was going to fall off his chair so I tried to catch him, but he pulled me right over the chair.

Full story: Man who had massive cardiac arrest saved by 15st work colleague who jump-started his heart by FALLING on him

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Matthew Wheeler Matthew Wheeler Monday, December 10, 2012 5:07:26 PM Can someone with more medical training than I please explain how they can possibly know that this is the case?
Lee Turner Lee Turner Monday, December 10, 2012 5:22:47 PM precordial thump?
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Monday, December 10, 2012 8:50:35 PM That fact is that they wouldn't be able to tell for absolute. In a heart attack its very rare for your heart to stop completely it usually follows a pattern, rare but not impossible. In a witnessed arrest or at least within a few minutes a precordial thump (delivering a precise blow to the chest to recalibrate the heart) can be used however with medics not yet on scene and especially after the care he received before reaching the hospital I don't see how they knew this was the cause of his life being saved.
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Monday, December 10, 2012 8:51:59 PM Let me rephrase your heart will eventually stop if not treated however its rare for it to stop without going through some other phases first.
Stephen Charlton Stephen Charlton Saturday, December 15, 2012 8:28:55 AM Who in the hell measures weight by stone? Try lbs or kg's
Allyson McMillan Allyson McMillan Saturday, December 15, 2012 11:31:11 AM They do in the UK...14lbs to a stone
Nat Amriding Nat Amriding Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:53:26 AM he was in VF my dad falling on him as you say was a precodial thump.

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