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Springfield News – Sun, Ohio
The quick actions of a Beavercreek doctor and Cedarville Fire Department emergency responders were credited Tuesday with saving the life of a Cedarville man who went into cardiac arrest on the tennis court.
Anesthesiologist John Vitaliti of Beavercreek and Abe Awabdy, 81, of Cedarville, were playing a tennis match on the Cedarville University tennis courts on July 8 before Awabdy collapsed to the ground.
“We had just won a game,” Vitaliti said. “When I turned around, he was lying on the ground on his back, not responding.”
Upon arriving in Awabdy, Vitaliti was unable to feel a pulse, so he began administering CPR. Once the Cedarville University response team arrived, they supported Awabdy’s resuscitation effort, using an automatic external defibrillator to revive his pulse and quickly transport him to the hospital.
The first responder team included campus security captain Don Parvin, campus security officer Jayson Neri, and the university’s emergency medical services (EMS) team, according to a statement from the university. Cedarville EMS and Vitaliti were recognized by Premier Health during a ceremony at the Cedarville Fire Department on Tuesday.
“The survival rate for people with cardiac arrest is only 12%, that’s pretty rare,” said Elizabeth Sheridan, EMS coordinator at Premier Health’s Miami Valley Hospital and Beavercreek Emergency Center.
Without the quick thinking of Vitaliti and other first responders, Awabdy might not have been able to make it to the hospital, where he recovered to the point that he could return home three days later, the report said. university.
“These circumstances point to divine intervention. God put me there at the right time because the Lord had more plans for Abe,” Vitaliti said.
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