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Marathon runner with heart attack recovering

April 19, 2010

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BOSTON—A 64-year-old man running in the Boston Marathon had a heart attack and was revived along the side of the course.

Race officials say he is in stable condition at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Authorities would not identify him, but they said he was from out of state.

James Hooley, with the Boston EMS, said the man had a heart attack less than two miles from the end of the race. He staggered to the ground, and bystanders helped resuscitate him with chest compressions until first aid workers arrived with a defibrillator.

A total of 1,324 runners in the field of more than 26,000 received first aid of some sort along the route or at the finish. Thirty-three were taken to hospitals for treatment.