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AED saves New Albany man's life after suffering heart attack during basketball game

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A group of guys have been meeting for weekly basketball games at St. John's United Presbyterian in New Albany for years.

Dennis Flispart, 61, hasn't been a regular at the games in a while. But last week, he showed up to play.

"In the start of the fourth game, I was guarding Dennis," John McGhee said. "I just happened to be on him all night.

"All of the sudden, he just went over like a tree that was cut down."

Flispart was having a heart attack. 

"We determined we needed to call 911," John McGhee said. "I asked if anyone knew if there was an AED in the building."

An AED is an automated external defibrillator, a portable electronic device that you see in gyms, schools and other public places. It automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias

John McGhee learned how to use one in a CPR training class about a year ago. 

"I put the AED pads on. It immediately did an analyzation, and it said he needed to be shocked," John McGhee said. "I pressed the button, shocked him, he jumped. It said start CPR."

By the time paramedics arrived, Flispart was revived. He went on to have a double bypass surgery.

"He's in recovery now," said Mike McGhee, John's brother. "Everything is looking good."

But Flispart's son can't help to think what if. 

"If a few minutes had passed, I don't know what would have happened," Joey Flispart said. 

"He just happened to show up that one day," Mike McGhee said. "If this would have happened in his backyard, his wife wouldn't have known.

"I think basketball saved his life."

The American Red Cross offers CPR and AED training classes. If you're interested in attending the next one offered, click here.

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