Northern Illinois veterinary clinic saves man's life

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NORTHFIELD - BluePearl Veterinary Partners officials say staff members at one of its clinics used their training in handling medical emergencies for pets to save the life of a 59-year-old man earlier this week.

Officials say the incident happened on Monday, when the man and his family came to the Northfield clinic to check on the welfare of their 12-year-old golden retriever.  The man collapsed in the lobby shortly after meeting with associate veterinarian Grace Brannon, and when staff members rushed to his side, he was unresponsive and without a pulse.

Staff members and a bystander began CPR while 911 was called, and Brannon began mouth-to mouth resuscitation on the man, after which he regained consciousness.  Staff members also used a machine designed to check animals' vital signs to measure the man's blood oxygen levels while others kept the man cool with ice packs and a wet washcloth.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later released.  When asked about how staff members came to the aid of the man, Brannon said, "It's not unlike what they do when we have an emergency with a pet."

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