More details have come to light about the two heroes that leapt into action to save a man who suffered cardiac arrest at Chinguacousy Secondary School on the evening of March 2.
According to a CBC article, Darlene Fournier, was one of the first to take action. It was not the first time Darlene has to perform CPR as a teacher. 18 years ago, when, in just her first year of teaching, a student in her class collapsed and she had to perform CPR. In both cases, Fournier credits CPR training and easy access to an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, for the comfort of knowing that in both instances, she did everything that she could.
Tom Condotta, a vice principal with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, also jumped in to help that night at Chinguacousy. He was playing in the recreational volleyball league that takes over the school on Thursday nights, when a woman ran in and said a man had suffered a seizure.
Like Fournier, he has CPR and first-aid training because of his position at the school board. He turned the man over from his stomach to his side and directed someone to check his bag for medication.
“It looked like he was kind of snoring,” Condotta said. “I asked for someone to go and get a defibrillator.” As he performed compressions Fournier set up the defibrillator.
This incident had a happy ending, with the male patient now recovering well at home.
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