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Friday, 2 November, 2007

Jiri Fischer, MD?

Jiri Fischer -- the former Detroit Red Wings player who suffered a seizure during a hockey game that caused his heart to stop and was saved by doctors who were quick to use an AED (in the photo, right, his teammates look on during the incident) -- has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames to promote CPR education in Canada.

Jiri has not yet been able to resume his NHL playing career - but is happy simply to be alive. He recognizes that he was fortunate that trained staff were on-hand at the Joe Louis Arena to administer life-saving CPR. As a result, Jiri has joined forces with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and is a tireless proponent of CPR training and the installation of defibrillators in hockey arenas and public buildings across Canada. [...]
Jiri Fischer will be making personal appearances at tonight's Calgary
Flames home game (Calgary vs Detroit) and on Saturday, November 17 when the
Leafs play the Senators.

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