SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A sigh of relief for the nation on Thursday after hearing that
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is awake and recovering following a cardiac arrest
incident during Monday Night Football.
"Seeing that on TV definitely made me think back to one of our staff members Yuki
and the great job he did to save a life, literally,” Timothy Fischer, the head athletic
trainer at San Diego Mesa College, said
It was last September when Matsuzawa performed CPR on an elderly athlete at a track
event on San Diego Mesa College's campus.
"It was a heart attack. He stopped breathing, heartbeat for like one minute and I
applied AED, CPR and thankfully he came back to normal,” Matsuzawa said
He hopes that with his efforts and that of those during Monday’s game can emphasize
what these trainers do.
"We have more than like tapping, stretching, icing. We have like an emergency action
plan, so we are prepared for any situations for example like cardiac arrest,” Matsuzawa
Hamlin's physicians in Cincinnati credit this type of life-saving skill for saving
Something Fischer said was similarly echoed in Matsuzawa’s case too.
"It made me think and be proud of Yuki and our staff to recognize a situation, apply
CPR and AED correctly. And to have San Diego Fire and Rescue come back and say it
was his quality CPR and one shock of the AED that brought this man back,” Fischer
It shows that training and practice can mean the same for athletes as it does for
those tasked with caring for them.
"Sports are a little dangerous like so many injuries, so many things happen to the
sports. But if an athletic trainer is over there, they feel like oh if something happens,
they can help us,” Matsuzawa said.
"And no doubt those athletic trainers from both sides acted with the EMTs and the
ambulance crews to resuscitate him, get him to the hospital and now, the doctors have
the hard work to help him recover,” Fischer said.
San Diego County said many organizations like the American Heart Association and the
YMCA provide CPR certification courses.
About San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive college committed to equity and excellence. We honor our diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators
who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, access, and innovation in an inclusive
learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to
degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we
empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future. Among
the largest community colleges in California, Mesa serves 25,000 students per year,
25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate
degree in Health Information Management. Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving
Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving
Institution (AANAPISI), and a Military Friendly School, serving nearly 2,500 veterans
and their families. www.sdmesa.edu.
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