LINDEN — A 75 year old mason who fell backward down five stairs was brought back to life by his 11-year-old granddaughter, who administered CPR until emergency responders arrived.
“At 12:46 hrs. Linden Fire Department Engine #1 and Linden Fire Department Ambulance were dispatched to 317 South Stiles Street and found the 75 year old mason, Frank Fulop,” said Deputy Fire Chief John J. Traub, who credited the granddaughter’s life saving breaths with keeping Fulop alive until officials arrived at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Traub noted that the victim had a severe laceration on his scalp and was without a pulse when the ambulance arrived at the scene.
His wife was physically unable to stoop down to reach her unconscious, bleeding husband, despite the fact that he was not breathing, but the fast-thinking child stepped in and breathed into the man’s mouth.
“Agonal breathing was remedied by rescue breathing and administration of CPR as fire personnel in addition provided C-Spine immobilization and cranial packaging,” said Traub.
“Linden Police Officer Peter Kozak assisted Fire Department personnel with a prior rapid take down and prep for use of AED while Linden Police Officer Jim Carter consoled nearby family members,” said Traub.
“The Linden Fire Ambulance transported a revived patient to Rahway Hospital with Rahway Medic 10,” said Traub. “Mr. Fulop later was transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in stable condition.”
A nurse at the New Brunswick hospital said she could not release information about the patient’s condition due to confidentiality laws except to say that he remained under care Tuesday.
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