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AED failed to charge when it was needed 0

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

A defibrillator on the wall at Museum station on Nov. 29, 2013. (Terry Davidson/Toronto Sun)

A defibrillator on the wall at Museum station on Nov. 29, 2013. (Terry Davidson/Toronto Sun)

It turns out defibrillators can’t miraculously save lives if they can’t be turned on.

A man needed life-saving help earlier this month but, although there were people on scene willing to provide it, a failed battery prevented any opportunity for a happy ending.

The good news for a man who went into cardiac arrest on the Toronto subway was that a nurse and a doctor were on the same train and a defibrillator was on the wall of the TTC station.

The man collapsed on the northbound train Nov. 8, the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) on the wall at Museum station was deployed.

The problem was they could not get it to turn on.

“It didn’t work,” said one witness.

“The battery was dead,” added a Toronto firefighter.

In other words, the AED was useless.

The nurse and doctor attempted CPR and chest compressions until Toronto Fire got to the scene and took over and applied its operational AED.

But it was too late.


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