Timely CPR: Man struck by puck ends with heart failure

Kenzie Lahey grabbed his chest, dropped to his knees and collapsed on the ice. Lahey, 14-years old was playing hockey when he was hit by a puck that resulted to heart failure.

Life on the line

The referee quickly called for help. The mother of Lahey ran out to the ice. She was joined by an off-duty respiratory therapist, a doctor who son was playing on the opposite team and many others. All initially believed that he was having a seizure.

It was not long when they released that it was more than just a seizure. CPR was performed and the rink was equipped with a defibrillator, but the battery was not charged.

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CPR was performed and the rink was equipped with a defibrillator, but the battery was not charged.

A nearby ambulance had a functional defibrillator and after delivering 2 shocks, it restored the regular rhythm of Kenzie’s heart. He was stabilized and transported to IWK hospital and released a few days later.

According to Kenzie’s mother, she hopes that other lives will not be left to chance. She eagerly shared her memories of the incident and emphasizes the importance of defibrillators in public areas especially in sports arenas.

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