LIFE

Man Collapses From Heart Attack In Baggage Claim, Then Realizes Flight Delay Saved His Life

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Travel can be extremely frustrating. No one likes waiting around and spending the time to get from point A to point B. It’s a hassle.

Most people dread the news that their luggage was lost or that their flight was delayed.

But for Paul Guibord, that saved his life.

The 74-year-old was traveling to Wisconsin when a delay occurred. It was significant enough that all the baggage was backed up.

At baggage claim, he suffered a heart attack.

Luckily, there were people nearby who knew CPR, and they administered the maneuver before using a nearby defibrillator to save his life.

On his way to the hospital, paramedics had to shock him eight more times, even though he had already gotten six shocks at the airport.

Doctors say that if he had been anywhere but the airport, he would have had a 10% chance of survival.

An emergency procedure gave him a much higher chance of staying alive, and thanks to his doctors and good fortune, he is now recovering.

Paul may not remember exactly what happened at the airport, but he knows that in other circumstances, he would not be alive today.

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Footage provided by WITI Milwaukee

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