Heart Attack Victim Thankful for Dental Office Staff That Saved Her Life

Melissa Dunlay expected Jan. 30 would be like any other day.

She got up, got her kids ready for school, and went to her dentist appointment at River Valley Dental Clinic in Saint John with her daughter. It was snowing that day, so she made her husband drive.

But when Dunlay was leaving the dentist’s office she collapsed on the floor. She was having a heart attack.

Staff used the office’s automated external defibrillator on Dunlay and waited for paramedics to arrive.

Dunlay said she’s thankful there was a defibrillator available. She’s also thankful the office staff reacted quickly.

She had to be shocked eight times. “Being shocked so many times is mind-blowing to me,” said Dunlay.

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