A retired doctor was recognized for his efforts on saving a life with first aid. The doctor helped save the life of a stranger after a shooting incident in downtown Vancouver.
Cliff Chase, a former emergency room doctor was shopping in Yaletown when Gerald Battersby opened fire. Battersby shot his former landlord and employer in broad daylight, hitting his target in the chest at point-blank range.
Chase saw the victim, Paul Dragan, lying on the pavement and quickly sprung into action. He stopped bystanders from starting CPR, stating that pumping Dragan’s heart would only make his condition worse. Instead, Chase helped him breathe and utilized a towel from a nearby coffee shop to stop the flow of blood.
Upon arrival of the paramedics, he briefed them on Dragan’s condition so they could continue the life-saving efforts he had started. Dragan did survive, largely due to the efforts of the doctor who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Saving a life
Timely delivery of appropriate first aid measures during emergencies can save a life. You can learn the essential first aid skills by enrolling in a first aid course today.
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