St. Paul’s Hospital tests new life-saving heart attack protocol (Dr. Brian Grunau)

Valentine’s can be a day of heartache for some. But for Genya Kaplun, it’s the day his heart stopped entirely.

Were it not for quick-thinking emergency responders with a trusty chest-compression machine named Lucas, the 38-year-old Vancouver IT manager would have stayed dead on Feb. 14, 2014 after his girlfriend found him unresponsive on their balcony.

What saved Kaplun was responders’ decision to call ahead to St. Paul’s Hospital emergency room to prepare a life-saving heart-pumping device known as “ECMO-CPR” (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation CPR) for their arrival.

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