By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
A CPR-trained Dubai police officer is being recognized in the United Arab Emirates — the country’s first recipient of an award for rescuers who have used American Heart Association training to save or sustain a life.
Corporal Mohammed Naji Ali Dabos, who helped save a heart attack victim, was presented with a Heartsaver Hero award at Dubai International Airport on Monday. The airport is also offering free Hands-Only CPR training to travelers and airport employees as part of Heartsaver Month, which Middle East countries acknowledge in March.
Operating remotely, Dabos was monitoring road surveillance cameras in a Dubai Police operations room last year when he recognized that someone was having a heart attack. Although it was Dabos’ first time to deal with a cardiac emergency, he quickly dispatched a patrol car and an ambulance. The victim survived.
“I feel fortunate to have undergone training that prepared me to be able to identify signs of a potentially fatal heart attack, and I encourage others to take such training because you never know when you might need the skills to save a life,” Dabos said.
Globally, about 6 million people die each year from cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly stops. Survival depends on immediate CPR, which can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Thirty-five percent of all deaths in the UAE in 2014 were a result of cardiovascular diseases, overtaking road trauma as the country’s leading cause of death, according to the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi. The AHA aims to train 25,000 new lifesavers in the UAE this month.