Doctor who was in the 'right place at the right time' saves three-year-old boy from drowning

  • 01 Aug - 07 Aug, 2020
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A doctor is being hailed a hero by New Jersey authorities after saving a young boy from drowning. Dr. John Blundell – who works at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in New York – was visiting the Garden State when he helped rescue a three-year-old who was drowning at a hotel pool in Montvale, New Jersey, according to Montvale Police Chief Joseph Sanfilippo. Sanfilippo said that Blundell jumped into action and performed CPR on the child, who was recovered by a family member from the three-foot end of the pool at the Courtyard by Marriott. The physician managed to revive the boy just before first responders arrived to the scene, police said. “[It is] incredibly fortunate that the doctor ... was in the right place at the right time," Sanfilippo said. The boy was taken to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. Blundell's employer later praised him for his heroic effort, writing on its Facebook alongside a photo of the doctor, "A hero is never off duty." According to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Blundell is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. The hospital said that Blundell completed his post-graduate residency at SUNY Buffalo. The medical center also called Blundell a "lifesaver" and "hero" in the touching post.