News – AT Saves Life of 80yo Spectator

1 Nov

California – It isn’t often that an AT has to perform CPR, but situations like this one make the hours of training worth the investment in time and skill development:

niversity of Redlands head athletic trainer Junior Domingo was in the right place at the right time and ended up helping save a man’s life.

Domingo and graduate student trainers Scott Parker and Lauj Preacely, both from Cal Baptist University, were with the University of Redlands football team and going through pregame preparations at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps two weeks ago.

Some players were being taped while others milled around outside the locker room area between the football and soccer fields.

A couple of players ran over to alert Domingo when they saw an elderly man collapse about 20 or so feet away. Parker and Preacely began working on the man while Domingo alerted CMS athletic trainer Raechel Cunningham.

“We thought it was just a seizure,” Domingo said. “But after it stopped he had no pulse. It turned out he had a heart attack which led to the seizure.”

Domingo said after five cycles of CPR the man started breathing again. He was transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center and has recovered.

He said he has had occasion to stop at the scene of an accident but never had someone’s life in his hands.

“It’s one of those things we’re trained for but we hope we never have to use,” Domingo said. “It’s definitely one of those things that stays with you awhile and makes you re-evaluate your priorities.”

Great job!  Kudos go out not only to the ATs who jumped quickly into action but also to the football players who correctly identified a man in need and that the ATs could help the man out.



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