Health minister saves man’s life
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 brewis — a traditional dish made of cod and hard bread — at the Gander Legion 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.
The incident happened Saturday during the Festival of Flight’s traditional fisherman’s brewis lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8.
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.