Extreme CPR

extreme-cpr.jpegWant to take your CPR – Resuscitation to the next level? Why not try doing it at heights? This historical photo shows the remarkable efforts of a linesman trying to save the life of his co-worker who had just clipped high voltage power lines.

It was just an ordinary day for the two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson who were performing routine maintenance work at the top of a utility pole. However this ordinary day turned extraordinary when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines and received a 4000 volt shock of electricity through his body.

As ListVerse reports, thankfully Champion’s safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and began performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform chest compressions but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse. Thompson then unbuckled his harness and descended with Champion on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered life-saving CPR on the ground, and remarkably Champion was revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.

This image titled “The Kiss of Life” was so spectacular that it won photographer Rocco Morabito the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography.

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