GRATEFUL COLLEAGUE: Rosovsky, left, with Devilme
The morning of Aug. 24 started like any other for Rachel Rosovsky, MD, a hematology and lung cancer specialist at the MGH Cancer Center. At about 9:30 am Rosovsky started to cross the street in front of the Yawkey Center. Eating breakfast while walking, she suddenly began to choke on a piece of toast, collapsing on the pavement as she gasped for air.
In seconds, MGH Police and Security Ambassador Stanley Devilme was at her side, performing the Heimlich maneuver. He dislodged the obstruction, and Rosovsky began to breathe normally.
"He is a hero," says Rosovsky. "I feel very lucky and fortunate that Stanley was there and that MGH had provided him with the training to save me. I will forever be grateful to this wonderful man."
Devilme’s co-workers and supervisors were not surprised. “Stanley is usually a calm, low-key guy, but when needed he jumps into action,” says Wilian Carias of Police and Security. “He has always taken his training very seriously.”
In addition to learning the Heimlich maneuver, Police and Security staff are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, cervical spine stabilization and patient assessments.
Devilme’s co-workers celebrated his heroism with pizza, but Devilme remains humble. “I was just doing my job, and I’m happy she is OK.”
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