Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Resuscitation Science

Survivors Luncheon

On January 31, 2009, Donald Dietrich suffered a cardiac arrest while awaiting departure on a US Airways flight to San Juan. Fortunately, there were passengers and flight attendants on board who were able to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) to sustain him.

Don was taken to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania where he received CPR with the help of state-of-the-art CPR sensing technology. Once his pulse was regained therapeutic hypothermia was performed. These advanced treatment techniques were able to restore Don's life and allow him to make a full recovery.

To celebrate Donald's extraordinary story and the individuals who were instrumental in his survival, a luncheon was held to bring awareness to the importance of CPR quality and resuscitation care. Photos from the luncheon can be seen below (click on a photo to enlarge).

Read the recent Forbes article about Don Dietrich's story and path to survival.

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