Dr. Oz is being praised for his heroic actions after saving a man’s life at the baggage claim area in the Newark, New Jersey airport on Monday evening.
The TV health expert jolted into action after a 60-year-old man collapsed to the ground and began foaming at the mouth.
“Dr. Oz Show” star, also 60, began administering CPR before using a defibrillator to revive the patient.
“Last night, a man collapsed near me and my family after we arrived at Newark Airport,” explained Dr. Oz in a statement shared with DailyMail.com. “I performed CPR with the help of a Newark Port Authority police officer and cleared the man’s airway.”
He continued, “Thankfully, Newark Airport had a defibrillator nearby that we were able to use to save his life. As a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency.”
The doctor revealed his patient “was turning a horrible colour and had foam coming out of his mouth” when he started CPR.
The man was taken to a local hospital and is doing “okay” after the suspected heart attack, according to the Daily Mail.
A traveller who witnessed the dramatic events shared a photo of the incident on Twitter.
holy shit that was dr oz on my flight?!?
dude his daughter yelled out dad!!! and he ran into action. mad props and respect @DrOz and the Port Authority police at Newark Airport.
🙌🙌🙌 https://t.co/NCkkzuMgXv pic.twitter.com/DVl4GgSvlP
— Shoe Eats Turf for Breakfast (@barshoelife) March 2, 2021
“Holy sh** that was dr oz on my flight?!? dude his daughter yelled out dad!!! and he ran into action,” wrote the eyewitness.
Meanwhile, the Port Authority Police Department (POPD) issued a statement confirming Dr. Oz’s heroic actions.
“At approximately 11:07 p.m. last night, Port Authority Officer Jeffrey Croissant was on patrol when he witnessed a man fall to the floor in the baggage claim area in Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport. Officer Croissant rushed to the man who was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Croissant called for back-up immediately and began CPR on the man,” reads the statement.
“At that same time, celebrity TV doctor, Dr. Oz, who had also just come off the same flight and was at the carousel, took notice of the emergency and rushed over to work together with Officer Croissant to perform CPR. Within minutes, back up arrived and Port Authority Officers Michael Bock, Matthew Vecchione and Daniel Olbrich started oxygen and deployed a defibrillator on the man. After several more cycles of CPR, the man started breathing on his own and was stabilized. The 60-year old New Jersey resident was transported to the hospital in intensive care and is undergoing further evaluation,” the statement continues.
According to POPD, when Officer Croissant saw the 60-year-old man fall, he “looked like a tree falling.” Croissant also said he didn’t recognize Dr. Oz, saying, “everyone wears masks” and “what better help to have than a cardiac surgeon?” after realizing Dr. Oz was assisting him.