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In Denver, a DO saves a man’s life during lunch

Off-duty ER physician saves a man who collapses from heart failure at a restaurant.

It’s all in a day’s work for DOs. Helping. Healing. Caring. And sometimes, saving a life during lunch.

While having lunch with colleagues at a local Denver restaurant on November 6, David Levy, DO,  an emergency medicine physician, noticed a man collapse nearby. He had just suffered heart failure.  According to a report by The Denver Post, Dr. Levy and his colleagues, several of his former residents and two ER physicians, raced to assist.

A person in the restaurant ran to a nearby business to locate an automated external defibrillator (AED).

“We did chest compression and shocked him with the AED,” Dr Levy said in a video report broadcast by Denver 7 ABC and shared above. “We had to pulse him three times before it stayed enough to transport him out.”

Dr. Levy was in Denver for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians conference, where he was accepting several awards for years of service as an ER doctor.

On the evening of the incident, the man was being treated in an intensive care unit, according to the Denver Post’s report.

Dr. Levy finished his lunch with his colleagues once the man was safely transported.

1 comment

  1. This is a terribly worded article and does not sound like a medical person wrote it. I feel that it does not make the AOA look good. Please think about having a physician proofread these articles before publishing them.

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