Several Goshen College students helped to save a man’s life May 1, 2014, in a Munich airport.
Thirty Goshen College students and faculty members were on a class trip to Greece when their flight had to make an emergency landing due to a cracked windshield, according to a press release from Goshen College. The passengers disembarked in Munich, Germany.
A student noticed a man had collapsed on the floor. It appeared as if the man had not been breathing for a while. Seth Conley, assistant professor of communication said his face was still and ‘deathly gray’.
“One or two people stood and stared down at him but really didn’t appear to know how to help,” Conley said. “Another man who spoke only a little English tried to find a pulse in his neck and said to me, ‘it’s done,’ then he walked on.”
Conley then asked her students if they knew CPR. Education majors Molly Malone and Julianna Tennefoss had recently taken CPR training. They rushed to the man, and Malone began performing compressions while Tennefoss called for an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable device used to check heart rhythms. An AED is also used to deliver an electric shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm.
Goshen College student Brett Conrad noticed an AED earlier and ran to grab it.
The three students and an airline worker continued to perform compressions and attached the AED shock pads to the man’s body. There was no response.
They then delivered a shock. The man coughed and took three breaths before he fell silent again.
Then the paramedics came to the man’s aid. They took over chest compressions and carted the man down the terminal to a hospital.
The students were later told that the man was alive and talking to paramedics. However, they never learned his identity.
“Did God allow us to be diverted to give this man a chance at life?” Conley said. “Did God allow our Goshen College education majors trained in CPR to be there at that place and that exact moment for that purpose?”