N.L. health min­is­ter uses CPR to save man’s life

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton/Atlantic -

GAN­DER, N.L. — New­found­land and Labrador’s health min­is­ter used CPR to save a man’s life at a lo­cal le­gion on the week­end. John Hag­gie, a doc­tor, was dig­ging into a plate of fish and brewis — a tra­di­tional dish made of cod and hard bread — at the Gan­der Le­gion as part of the town’s Fes­ti­val of Flight when the man col­lapsed. Hag­gie re­fused to speak to re­porters about it Tues­day, but the in­ci­dent was con­firmed by an aide.

The aide con­firmed an ear­lier re­port that the man was not re­spon­sive and didn’t have a pulse — the two cri­te­ria to be­gin CPR. Hag­gie had told the CBC he fol­lowed rou­tine life sup­port train­ing and that his role was “re­ally just co­in­ci­den­tal.’’

Through the aide, Hag­gie re­ferred fur­ther ques­tions to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion to discuss the im­por­tance of CPR train­ing for in­di­vid­u­als.

Hag­gie, a gen­eral and vas­cu­lar sur­geon orig­i­nally from Manchester, Eng­land, served as pres­i­dent of the Canadian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and was elected to the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture in 2015.

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