NEWARK, NJ (AP) – The television personality known simply as Dr. Oz known on Wednesday revealed details of a tense real-life scene in which he helped police save the life of a man at Newark Liberty International Airport while anxious onlookers 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 assistance and immediately began CPR on the unidentified man who was not breathing and appeared to have no pulse, according to port authorities.
When another person came to help, Croissant did not immediately realize that it was Mehmet Oz, the cardiac surgeon and long-time moderator of “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 had no pulse and his face had 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 oxygen and a defibrillator for the man, who eventually got a pulse again and was taken to a hospital for an examination.
“What could be nicer than having a heart surgeon?” Said Croissant afterwards.
Oz said that he first became aware of the man’s plight when he was waiting for luggage at the baggage carousel and his daughter started yelling, “Papa, papa, papa!” Oz said his fatherly alarm bells went off thinking she was in trouble and then turned on the 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 his heart started like in the movie. “
Oz said the man’s face had turned its color back and he woke up.
“The audience could feel the prayers and the energy change,” he said. “Instead of seeing a train crash, it was a miracle.”
Oz has come to the aid of injured people several times.
In 2015, rescue workers arriving at the New Jersey Turnpike accident site found that Oz was treating two injured people. And two years earlier, he was helping a British tourist whose foot was severed when a cab driver jumped the curb at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Oz praised the Port Authority officials and credited the man with their quick response.
“The officers rose perfectly,” he said.
Dearen and Porter reported from New York.
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