Another airport save -- this time in Philadelphia

April 3, 2001

57-year-old man from Lilburn, Georgia, is alive today, thanks to the quick action of bystanders and the fortunate placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at the Philadelphia International Airport. The man collapsed about 1PM on Thursday, March 29th, about 30 feet from one of the airport's new AEDs, which are mounted on walls throughout the terminal. Two physicians, one from California and one from Michigan, happened to be passing by at the time of the incident. They provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the AED to shock the victim's heart back to a normal rhythm. According to hospital officials, the patient is in good condition and is expected to be discharged home in a few days.