Doctor Saves Referee's Life After Heart Attack On Football Field

Susy Solis
November 15, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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When emergencies happen, time is of the essence.

If not for the quick action of Dr. Andrew Parker, an orthopedic doctor for Texas Health Allen, 69-year-old Dennis Bennett might not have made it.

Bennett was refereeing in the middle of field at a high school football game when he collapsed. Dr. Parker was nearby and rushed to his aid, saying Bennett's pulse was fading fast. Dr. Parker had to shock Bennett but his pulse was still fading. That's when Dr. Parker began CPR and Bennett began to come to.

He was later rushed to the hospital where doctors put a defibrillator in his heart. 

"Words can't express my gratitude for what he did and how fast he did it," Bennett said. Bennett's wife and daughters are grateful for Dr. Parker. 

"I'm just glad we were able to be there for him," said Dr. Parker. 

Dr. Andrew Parker is this week's KRLD Difference Maker. 

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