NEWARK, NJ (AP) – The television personality known simply as Dr. Oz is known to provide details on Wednesday of a tense real-life scene in which he helped police save the life of a man at Newark Liberty International Airport while worried bystanders watched.
The incident happened late Monday night when New York Port Authority and New Jersey Police Officer Jeffrey Croissant saw the 60-year-old man fall to the ground near a baggage claim area.
Croissant called for reinforcements and immediately began resuscitating the unknown man who, according to the port authorities, was not breathing and did not appear to have a pulse.
When another person came to help, Croissant did not immediately realize that it was Mehmet Oz, the heart surgeon and longtime presenter of the television program “Dr. Oz Show ”which happened to be around.
“The gentleman had a face planted and there was a pool of blood like a murder scene,” Oz told The Associated Press. Oz said he tried to wake him but the man has no pulse and his face has started to turn purple.
Croissant performed CPR on the man while Oz worked to clear his airway with a face mask and a tongue-squeezing oral airway device. Three other officers brought the man oxygen and a defibrillator, who eventually recovered his pulse and was taken to a hospital for an examination.
“What could be better than a heart surgeon?” Said Croissant afterwards.
Oz said that he first became aware of the man’s plight when he was waiting at the baggage carousel for the luggage and his daughter started screaming, “Papa, papa, papa!” Oz said his fatherly alarm bells went off because he thought she was in trouble, and then switched to emergency equipment when he saw the man.
The defibrillator “diagnosed that his heart had stopped as I thought when I couldn’t get a pulse,” said Oz. “It told us to step back. And you’ve seen those movies where the patient is shocked and jerking off the floor? That’s exactly what happened. Usually the heart doesn’t start again … in this case, like in the movies, his heart started. “
Oz said the man’s face had turned its color back and he woke up.
“The audience, you could feel the prayers and the energy change,” he said. “Instead of watching a train crash, it was a miracle.”
Oz has helped injured people on numerous occasions.
In 2015, emergency responders at the scene of the accident on the New Jersey Turnpike discovered that Oz had already treated two injured people. And two years earlier, he was helping a British tourist who had his foot cut off when a cab driver jumped the curb at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.
Oz praised the Port Authority officials and credited the man with life for their quick response.
“The officers worked perfectly,” he said.
Dearen and Porter reported from New York.
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