Kiss of Life

Kiss of Life’ – July 17th, 1967 taken by Rocco Morabito, the photo shows a utility worker named J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after he went unconscious following contact with a high voltage line. It received a Pulitzer prize the next year, 1968.

How it all happened was that they had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).

His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder.

Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived.

The picture below shows the Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer Rocco, together with Thomson, visiting Champion in 1988.Image

Inspired?

Like the book here General Knowledge of First Aid that explains the rules of Resuscitation including CPR and mouth-to-mouth. Be prepared to carry out your act of Selfless Goodness…

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