Dr. Mehmet Oz, widely known as “Dr. Oz,” the host of a health and lifestyle show of the same name, rushed to the aid of a man who had a heart attack Monday night at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Port officer Jeffrey Croissant saw the 60-year-old man, who was not named, collapse on a baggage claim carousel, according to a statement from the port authority’s police department.
The man “looked like a falling tree,” said Croissant.
After the officer found the man was no longer breathing and having lost his pulse, he gave him CPR, said Lenis Valens, spokesman for the port authority.
Oz, a Cliffside Park resident who was returning home on the same flight, emerged from the crowd of passengers and helped clear the man’s air passage while croissant pressed the man’s chest, the doctor said during an interview with NorthJersey. com.
“You can’t do the airway and the heart at the same time,” said Oz. “If [Croissant] not ascended, it would have delayed us, and those few seconds are crucial. “
Soon after, other officers came with defibrillators and shocked the man’s chest until his breathing returned.
“These guys were superstars,” said Oz of the police. “These guys came here to play.”
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Croissant was also grateful that Oz was around.
“What could be better than a heart surgeon?” Asked Croissant rhetorically about the incident, adding that he did not immediately realize that the man who came to his aid was not just a doctor but a famous television personality. “Everyone wears masks,” he explained.
In light of the incident, Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, advises everyone to learn CPR.
“You will save lives, and the person whose life you save will almost always be someone you know and love because that is what you spend time with,” he said.
Another passenger posted a photo of the emergency on Twitter and said Oz’s daughter had yelled “Dad !!!” and watched the TV host as he “went into action”.
The 60-year-old, who suffered the heart attack, was stabilized and taken to a hospital intensive care unit for further evaluation, Valens said.
The whole emergency couldn’t have lasted more than 10 minutes in Oz’s estimation, but it’s difficult to say exactly how long the man was passed out.
“You’re losing track of time,” he said. “Everything gets compressed and it seems forever because your brain takes snapshots of it.”
As surprising as the coincidence was, Oz said this was not the first time his medical services had been up and running outside of business hours.
“It happens on a regular basis,” he said. “You know where someone says,” Is there a doctor on the plane? “” “
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest news straight to your inbox.
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