America’s top television doc became a real-life hero, when he saved a man who collapsed in the baggage claim area of busy New Jersey airport on Monday.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, both a cardiothoracic surgeon and host of the syndicated daytime health and wellness program, The Dr. Oz Show, performed life saving measures to resuscitate a man who lay lifeless on the ground.
When Port Authority Police officer Jeffrey Croissant saw the man go down, and discovered he was bleeding from his head and foaming at the mouth, he checked for a pulse and called for help. Dr. Oz, who was returning from a trip to Florida with his wife and daughter, heard his plea and stepped in.
He helped Croissant perform CPR, open the victim’s airway, and revived him with the use of a defibrillator. “Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived at Newark Airport. I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man’s airway,” Dr. Oz said. “Thankfully, Newark Airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life.”
He concluded his statement by encouraging everyday Americans to learn basic life-saving skills. “As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency. Another critical reminder of how important it is to take the time to learn how to do CPR and use a defibrillator. You could save a life.”
The man is now recovering at a New Jersey hospital ICU after suffering from a heart attack.
Thank you @DrOz and our brave PAPD team of officers Michael Bock, Matthew Vecchione, Daniel Olbrich, and Jeffrey Croissant (pictured left) who provided life-saving #CPR to a passenger in cardiac arrest last night at @EWRairport. #cprsaveslives pic.twitter.com/QEorDtA3ar
— Port Authority of NY & NJ. Wear a Face Covering. (@PANYNJ) March 2, 2021