PHILADELPHIA, PA - In Philadelphia, two SEPTA officers and a stranger saved a lucky man’s life after he suffered a heart attack on the train. When a 911 call came in about an unresponsive middle-aged man, the officers rushed to the scene. As fate would have it, 22 year-old Daniel Cordero had just arrived for his commute home.
"I saw the crowd and I thought, 'Oh great, SEPTA's late again.' But I soon realized that was not the case and that this was an emergency.”
The officers took turns doing chest compressions- and Daniel knew just how to help. A certified EMT, he pulled out his pocket CPR mask.
Incredibly, the victim started showing signs of life and Fire and Rescue arrived to take him to the hospital.
Cordero said, “It’s phenomenal. You know, I’m glad he’s alright. It’s what you hope for. You always hope for the best. Do what you can and hope for the best.”
According to The American Heart Association, surviving a cardiac arrest depends on immediately receiving CPR. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes, can triple a person’s chance of survival.
Get yourself training because 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, not on the train. You might need to be the hero for a loved one in your own house.