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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


WTAE-TV: Fan's heart stops at Pittsburgh Pirates game

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Charles Trimble, a Cincinnati Reds fan from Erie County, brought his wife and 4-year-old grandson to see the Reds play the Pirates at PNC Park on Aug. 23. He wanted better seats, so he bought some scalped club level tickets.

During the game, Trimble's heart stopped. The Pirates staff, trained for these types of emergencies, ran for a nearby portable defibrillator, which shocks and restarts the heart.

"My life was saved because of close proximity and people (who) knew what they're doing, and they had availability of a defibrillator really close," Trimble said. "It was just really, really, really critical timing."

That wasn't the only twist of fate. When Trimble traded for the club-level seats, he got seated near an experienced trauma surgeon, Dr. Christopher Post of Allegheny General Hospital.

"He was in behind me and saw me slump over and turn totally white," Trimble said of Post. "He knew exactly what happened. I turned white. He knew it was critical, and he saved my life."

To read the rest of the story, visit the WTAE-TV web site.

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