The crowd of 800 held their breath when Golden Shears champion Mii ‘Mick’ Nooroa collapsed while competing in the 58th annual shearing and woolhandling competition in Masterton.
Without warning, he’d suffered a cardiac arrest.
He is only here today thanks to the quick CPR and use of an AED by rural firefighters, a nurse and event medic.
Talking to Stuff.co.nz, attending paramedic Hank Bader of Wellington Free Ambulance said everything was in place to get a good result for Nooroa.
A combination of first-aiders on hand, an early 111 call, early defibrillator action, early CPR and paramedics there within minutes helped to save his life.
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Read the full story about Nooroa HERE