NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — TV’s Dr. Oz on Monday heroically stepped in to save a man’s life after he suddenly stopped breathing at Newark Airport, the Port Authority said.
The incident happened at Newark Airport’s Terminal C baggage claim around 11 p.m. on Monday when Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant saw a 60-year-old New Jersey man fall to the floor and immediately began performing CPR.
Port Authority said the man had stopped breathing and did not have a pulse, prompting the officer to call for backup.
However, not soon after doing so, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who host’s TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” rushed in to help, Port Authority officials said.
Oz — who was on the same flight as the unconscious man — and Officer Croissant performed CPR on the man until two other Port Authority officers were able to hook to man up to a defibrillator.
Eventually, the man started to breathe on his own and he was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
In an interview with TMZ, Dr. Oz says he didn’t even think before he sprung into action.
“There was no pulse and so the first thing you do when there’s no pulse is you give the patient a pulse by doing CPR so – getting on top of his chest, compressing as hard as I could, again he was a thick person so, you really need to press hard and you don’t worry about breaking ribs,” Dr. Oz told the outlet.
He adds: “As soon as he got his heart back, he immediately began to pink up and by the time I put him on the stretcher to take him to the ambulance, he knew he was at Newark Airport and he didn’t remember anything about what has happened but, he was starting to come to.”
In a statement, Officer Croissant says he did not recognize the famous doctor at first because he was wearing a mask. However, once he realized who it was, he remarked: "What better help to have than a cardiac surgeon?"
The 60-year-old New Jersey man remains in the hospital undergoing further evaluation, according to Port Authority.