The guys thought they’d brought Dave back from the brink. They’d breathe for him and pump his chest and get a pulse, his head would lift and he’d snore, but the moment they stopped, so did Dave.
“We were just oxygenating his brain enough to drive his brain to breathe,” Covey said.
Both knew CPR is only a temporary fix. The gym did not have a portable Automatic External Defibrillator, which can measure a person’s heart beat and give them the necessary shock. The men had to perform CPR for about four minutes, they said, before Newport Beach paramedics arrived with their defibrillator.
When paramedics arrived, they immediately gave Dave a shock, and that was all he needed. By the time Dave got to Hoag hospital, he was conscious and talking to paramedics.