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Other Walkers Save Man Who Suffered Heart Attack During American Heart Association Walk

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An upstate New York man suffered a heart attack Saturday in the middle of an American Heart Association charity walk.

Michael Wofford, 66, went into cardiac arrest and had no pulse during America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk in Utica.

Without the help of gastroenterologist Dr. Bradley Sklar, Wofford may have died.

"We were walking down Burrstone Road and I heard commotion and out of the corner of my eye I saw commotion,” Sklar told WKTV. “Someone said Brad, we need your help, we need a doctor. I started walking over to what I saw was a person down on the ground."

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Sklar administered CPR while nurse Courtney Daviau gave mouth-to-mouth. When state troopers arrived, they used a defibrillator to shock Wofford’s heart twice before his heart began beating again.

Wofford is in stable condition at a local hospital. Officials said he’s awake and able to eat.

Sklar was walking in “Team Ben” for his 18-year-old son, who was born with a congenital heart disease. He says his son has led a healthy, happy life because of advances in heart research. With more than 200 members, Team Ben raised more than $75,000 for the AHA this year.

"The other thing that is so amazing is the American Heart Association teaches us all how to do CPR, so how ironic is it that your CPR protocol from the American Heart Association is used here, you're using it during the American Heart Association walk," Sklar said.

The walk took in more than $1 million for heart research.

Sources: WKTV, Post-Standard