A Nanaimo man says he survived a heart attack because he was in the right place at the right time.
Earl Morris was attending a first-aid class with St. John Ambulance in Duncan when he blacked out.
“We had just finished chest compression training,” Morris said. “We were taking a break, sat in a chair, I dropped my exercise book and that’s the last thing I remember on that day until I woke up in the hospital.”
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Morris went into cardiac arrest. Fortunately, he was receiving CPR training from first responders and the building had an automated external defibrillator and oxygen.
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“They had to shock me to bring me back to life,” he said.
Morris now has a pacemaker to deal with any future problems.
“We wouldn’t be here talking if I wasn’t at the course and had the experience of the people around me that I did. I mean, they saved my life.”
“I’m extremely fortunate to be here.”
Morris encourages everyone to take a first-aid course because someday you may “find someone who needs help and you’ll be trained well enough to help them.”