July 09, 2012 at 5:48 PM
MLA recognized for helping save a man's life
An MLA and a bystander who helped save the life of a man by performing CPR were recognized in a special ceremony today held by ambulance paramedics.
In February, Mikhail Morokhovich, a parking meter salesman, was out for a walk near his home on Burke Mountain following a soccer game, when he suffered a heart attack. He fell face first onto the sidewalk.
Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth happened to be driving by when he noticed Morokhovich on the sidewalk. Another bystander, Coquitlam resident James Smith, was already peforming CPR on the man.
Emergency crews arrived within minutes after both the men placed phone calls. They credit Farnworth and Smith's quick action for saving Morokhovich's life.
Farnworth says the incident brought him back to the CPR training he received as a teen in Scouts Canada and cadets.
"When I came across him, he was not breathing, face down and I knew something wasn't right," says Farnworth.
"CPR is really great to learn and know. When you see someone like that, stop and do the right thing."
James, a former lifeguard, credits keeping up with his CPR training for his quick response. He says he did what anyone else would in the situation.
"I don't feel like I did anything special, I just went back to the training I had for years," he says.
Paramedics say that only 5 per cent of people who suffer a heart attack as severe as Morokhovich's survive.
"I've been given a second chance that I will cherish forever," says Morokhovich.
"I'm so grateful."
Farnworth and James were presented with jackets from paramedics to acknowledge the role they played in saving a life.
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