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Man Collapses Playing Soccer, Saved by Defibrillator and Some Quick Thinking

Jessica Campbell has been working at the L.A. Galaxy Soccer Center, an indoor soccer facility in Torrance, California, since 2010. Earlier this week, she went from general manager to life saver in a manner of minutes.

While working in her office, Campbell, 31, was alerted that a man had collapsed on one of the fields. The man, a 56-year-old who plays soccer at the facility twice a week, was in the middle of a game when he suffered from cardiac arrest.

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Without hesitation, Campbell grabbed her Automated External Defibrillator and ran to where the man had collapsed.

“At that point, instinct kicks in,” said Campbell. “You stop thinking and go straight into what you were trained to do.”

With help from the diagrams on the device and the training she received, Campbell placed the defibrillator pads on the man’s chest, and upon instruction from the machine delivered a shock to his heart.

“The entire time, I was just thinking, ‘Please don’t die,'” Campbell recalls.

After delivering a shock, the defibrillator spends the next 90 seconds monitoring the person’s vital signs. During that time, Campbell applied compressions and pinched the man’s nose to start performing mouth-to-mouth. At that point, the man started to breathe again.

A nurse who was at the facility watching her son play came over and helped Campbell apply more compressions. By the time paramedics arrived, the man was fully alert and able to answer questions from the nurse regarding his health.

“It was very emotional, I just needed to go to a room and cry,” said Campbell. “I’m so thankful he was okay.”

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First responders on the scene were impressed that Campbell was able to utilize her training on the defibrillator and get the man’s heart beating again.

“It was a legitimate save with an AED and something we don’t see very often,” said Steve Treskes, the assistant fire chief in Torrance. “We’re kind of amazed at the work she was able to do.”

After Campbell’s work with the defibrillator, the man was transported to a nearby hospital. He underwent surgery and is on the road to recovery.