Last Friday evening in a Saskatoon Walmart parking lot, 62-year-old John Tomchuk was loading groceries into his vehicle when he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ground.
Two off-duty health workers and a third Good Samaritan spotted him in front of the store and rushed to his aid. The health workers immediately started performing CPR on Tomchuk while the third person ran back into the store, looking for an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Walmart didn’t have one.
The person then ran to a nearby Cabela’s and found an AED machine — just in time.
“Cabela’s retail stores maintain AEDs on site for just such emergencies,” said John Tramburg, the company’s vice-president of Canada and outdoor services.
"That’s actually what saved his life. If it hadn’t been for that machine, they would have lost them," Tomchuk’s daughter, Lisa Wass, told CBC News.
Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after. Tomchuk regained consciousness before being taken to the hospital.
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