When Dr. Oz rushed to rescue a man who collapsed at a New York City regional airport on Monday night, he proved that he is more than just a TV doctor.
The Port Authority Police Department said that Dr. Mehmet Oz and the police performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a 60-year-old man at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after 11 p.m.
Police said the man collapsed near the baggage claim area and had no pulse or breathing. Jeffrey Croissant, a port authority official, asked for help, asked for a backup, and initiated CPR. The police said in a statement to NBC New York that at about the same time, Oz rushed over and carried out life-saving procedures with the officer.
Oz said on Twitter: “I performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the assistance of the Newark Port Authority police and cleared the man̵
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey thanked Oz, Croissant and three other officials on Twitter.
The police told the New York National Broadcasting Corporation in a statement that the three officers arrived after the croissant request was filed. The police said they gave the man oxygen and used a defibrillator.
Police said the man started breathing on his own and stabilized before being taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
Oz, the host of the daytime show “The Oz Dr Show”, said on Twitter that Monday night’s events “reminded people again to take time to learn how to perform CPR and how important it is to use a defibrillator.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CPR, which represents cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can double or triple someone’s chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
People are told to call 911 first, but the technique involves pushing someone’s chest down to keep the blood pumping.