Bob Pohl had run 16 marathons before racing in the 2011 Baltimore Running Festival.While crossing the finish line for the Baltimore half-marathon, he collapsed and his heart stopped beating.
On-site emergency rescue teams and policemen administered CPR and immediately transferred him to the University of Maryland Medical Center, which is a designated Cardiac Interventional Center (CIC) for patients actively experiencing life-threatening heart attacks. The designation as a CIC means that ambulances with acute patients can bypass community hospitals and head directly to an optimal care center, like UMMC, where advanced cardiac procedures can be performed to save patient lives.
In a press conference hosted by Baltimore Running Festival organizers, Mr. Pohl thanked the first responders and medical teams who saved his life.
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