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After three decades as a CPR instructor, Wallingford man saves a life using it

WALLINGFORD — Local chiropractor John Calatayud has been a CPR instructor for 30 years, but has never had to perform the procedure on someone.

That changed about two weeks ago, when an elderly man passed out in the lobby just outside his office.

“It was just like we practiced in class,” he said. “It just seemed natural.”

Calatayud was in his office in the Keystone Building, at 85 Barnes Road, when he was told that the man was on the floor in the lobby. Calatayud performed CPR for about 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and transported the man to the hospital. Just before he was placed in the ambulance, the man was breathing and had a heartbeat.

CPR, short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, involves manually pumping blood through the heart by doing chest compressions.

The brain can go about five minutes without receiving blood before cell damage begins to occur.

“The brain needs oxygen,” Calatayud said.