Young man saved with AED on cruise ship

January 2, 2002

It was December 26th and Mike Robie, 29, of Natick, Massachusetts, was on a cruise to Mexico with his fiancé. Dinner was just getting underway when he collapsed in cardiac arrest. A nearby physician provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the ship’s crew arrived with their automated external defibrillator (AED). After two shocks, Robie was resuscitated.

"I exercise regularly, I eat right, I’m not overweight," said Robie, according to a report in The Boston Globe. "I wouldn’t be talking to you if that thing wasn’t on the ship."

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