A 63-year-old priest on Monday became the first beneficiary of defibrillators installed this summer at O’Hare International Airport for use by the public, officials said.
The priest, who was traveling from Oregon, appeared to suffer a heart attack and collapsed shortly after leaving a restaurant in Terminal 1, according to officials and witnesses. A bystander used a wall-mounted defibrillator on him before paramedics arrived.
The victim was listed in critical condition at Resurrection Medical Center on Monday evening.
Among those who came to his aid was 32-year-old Chris Krizof Berwyn, an off-duty customer service representative for United Airlines. Kriz said he saw the man lying on the ground and immediately thought of the defibrillator. "I said I’m going to go take one of these and put it to use," said Kriz, who was familiar with the equipment from years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the Village of Stickney.
After other good Samaritans performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Kriz said, he defibrillated the man twice. After the second shock, the man showed signs of a faint pulse.