Restart a Heart with Paddles or Potholes?

This week’s article (Man’s Heartbeat Returned To Normal After Ambulance Hit A Pothole) is definitely a case where truth is stranger than fiction.

While emergency responders were trying to stabilize a man experiencing an abnormal heartbeat, the ambulance hit a pothole causing the man’s heartbeat to return to a normal rhythm.

“It’s rare, but it’s a well-described phenomenon,” explains Dr. Andrew Goldsweig from Nebraska Medicine. “One way to treat (a rapid heartbeat) is with an electrical shock. Classically, you’ll see it on television, the paddles, (someone saying) ‘Clear’ and a big jolt. Turns out, you can do that with a pothole.”

Now, this is the kind of information that you store away somewhere and while you are writing, you may have the opportunity to pull this out and use it. This might be an example where someone will question you and ask, “That’s so unbelievable, is it real?” and you can say, “Yes!”

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this in your current or next story?

[Credit: flickr/ Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Official]

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