Dr. Mehmet Oz, widely known as “Dr. Oz,” the host of an eponymous health and lifestyle show, rushed to the aid of a man who suffered a heart attack in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Monday night.
Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant was first to notice the 60-year-old man, who was not named, collapse at a baggage claim carousel, according to a statement from the Port Authority Police Department.
The man “looked like a tree falling,” Croissant said.
After the officer determined the man was no longer breathing and lacked a pulse, he proceeded to administer CPR, Authority Spokesperson Lenis Valens stated.
As Croissant called for backup, Oz emerged from the crowd of passengers, having just arrived on a flight from Florida, and helped continue to administer CPR and clear the man’s air passage. Soon, other officers arrived with defibrillators and applied shocks to the man’s chest until his breathing returned.
“What better help to have than a cardiac surgeon?” Croissant asked rhetorically after the incident, adding that he did not immediately realize the man who came to his aid was no less a doctor, but a famous television personality. “Everyone wears masks,” he explained.
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Oz, who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, according to his show’s website, later took to social media to recount the experience.
“As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency,” Oz wrote in a Twitter post. He called the quick save and good fortune “another critical reminder of how important it is to take the time to learn how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.”
Another passenger posted a photo of the emergency and said Oz’s daughter “yelled out dad!!!” and watched the TV host as he “ran into action.”
The 60-year-old who suffered the heart attack was stabilized and transported to a hospital’s intensive care unit for further evaluation, Valens stated.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. You can follow Nicholas on Twitter: @nicholaskatzban