CPR-trained 16-year-old saves man's life

02/18/2019 03:29 PM
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Cheng Yu-chung (second left)/Photo courtesy of the Fire Department
Cheng Yu-chung (second left)/Photo courtesy of the Fire Department

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) A 16-year-old boy became a life-saving angel when he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save a man who passed out while jogging in New Taipei last week.

The city's Fire Department posted a message Sunday on its Facebook page to ask its followers to look for the boy who conducted CPR upon the man when he took ill while jogging in the Beixin Elementary School in Xindian District on Friday.

Just one minute after the 51-year-old man, surnamed Tsai (蔡), collapsed at around 21:16 p.m., the boy rushed to perform CPR on him, the fire department said.

Although an ambulance arrived after around four minutes, the boy continued CPR under the direction of the ambulance crew, who prepared an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to conduct further emergency aid, the department added.

The CPR, lasting for about 13 minutes, along with the AED procedure, was a critical move in saving the man's life. He was rushed to a hospital soon afterward, according to the department.

However, the boy left without saying who he was, so the fire department issued a Facebook request to trace him.

After only about one hour, a netizen replied, identifying the boy as Cheng Yu-chung (成育中), a keen footballer, the fire department said.

Cheng's father later also replied to the Facebook page, after some other people who saw the boy's photos on the fire department's Facebook page asked him whether the boy was his son.

The boy -- a freshman at the Hwa Hsia University of Technology -- did not think his action was a big deal at all and was astonished that the fire department was looking for him, according to his father.

Cheng said he was playing football when he found Tsai, adding that he learned how to perform CPR in junior high school, but it was the first time he had performed it on a real person, so he was very nervous.

Lin Po-an (林柏安), a fire department rescue member, said Cheng's CPR helped save the man's life.

The fire department praised Cheng and presented him with a thank-you certificate, while Tsai's family also expressed gratitude to the boy.

(By Wang Hung-kuo and Frances Huang)


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