Stories about: American Heart Month

American Heart Month just became very real for two at Children's

Juan Pena, shown here with granddaughter Alyssa, received a Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association for his efforts.

From now on, American Heart Month will have an extra special meaning for two men whose paths crossed unexpectedly last week at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Juan Pena, a supervisor in the hospital’s Environmental Services Department, heard someone calling for help in the hallways behind the Children’s Cafe. Responding to the cries, he found a construction contractor lying on the floor, starting to turn blue. Once he established that the man wasn’t breathing, Pena’s CPR training kicked in. He instructed bystanders to call Security and initiate a Code Blue, then Pena himself started administering chest compressions. He continued until the hospital’s Code Team arrived to take over.

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