A delay in Illinois Valley Community Hospital nurse Renee Olsen's travel schedule might have ended up saving the life of a man suffering from a heart attack Saturday in Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
"Our flight was delayed, so we were leaving the waiting area to get a sandwich and the man collapsed," Olsen said.
The man had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Olsen yelled for someone to bring one of the airport's automated external defibrillators.
She said the man who brought the AED to her said he didn't even know what it was-he just remembered seeing AED on the airport wall and grabbed it.
After one shock, the man's pulse restarted and he began breathing. Olsen said he was conscious, but didn't know what had just happened. He began chatting with her about how he was going to continue traveling that day.
"I said 'No, no, I don't think so. I think you're going to be spending the night in the hospital,'" she said...
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