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Mike Danton Takes Heroic Action

From the CP via the Winnipeg Free Press:

Mike Danton played the hero in his opening game of the Swedish league.

The former NHL player, who served five years behind bars for a failed murder-for-hire plot, rushed to the aid of IFK Ore teammate Marcus Bengtsson, who was convulsing on the ice after a hard hit in Sunday’s season-opener.

Danton, 30, was released from prison in 2009 and then played two seasons with Saint Mary’s Huskies in Canadian university hockey before signing this summer with IFK Ore, which plays in the third tier of Sweden’s pro system.

“One of the luxuries of my prison experience afforded me to take a first aid course and become certified in first aid response,” Danton wrote in his blog on the website of DT, a Swedish newspaper.

According to Danton’s blog, Bengtsson took a late hit with about 14 minutes left in the game against Soderhamn/Ljusne. He lay on the ice suffering convulsions for six or seven minutes.


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There’s really no reason to “jam your fingers in their mouth and claw at their tongue” when a person’s having a seizure, the tongue can’t be swallowed, though saliva, blood, bitten off/swollen tongue can block the airway. Roll them on their side (recovery position), make sure there’s nothing foreign in their mouth and clear the area around them until it ends.

Posted by NathanBC on 09/19/11 at 05:11 PM ET


Exactly—-I hope the prison program isn’t teaching that people can swallow their tongues during seizures.

Posted by Dave on 09/19/11 at 07:49 PM ET

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I think “jam your fingers in their mouth and claw at their tongue” was a dramatic re-telling of the fact that he made sure the player wouldn’t have their airway blocked by their tongue, which is a legitimate concern.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 09/19/11 at 08:38 PM ET


Not so much, trusteddrrahami.

It was the other players who turned Bengtsson on his side who actually acted appropriately and helped the guy. Stick your fingers in someone’s mouth during a seizure and you might not only get your hand chomped on (picture somebody in the midst of a seizure suddenly chomping down on your hand and not letting go), but he could have harmed the other player. Jaw and face muscles often tighten during a seizure and if this happens when something is in their mouth, they may break and either choke on or swallow the object or, if you’re lucky, maybe they will only break their teeth. The only thing you accomplish by sticking anything in a person’s mouth during a seizure is to obstruct airflow, which is potentially life threatening.

They say you get what you pay for ... obviously the quality of prison first aid programs that “certify” people to be “first aid responders­” leave a lot to be desired.

Posted by Michelle on 09/21/11 at 11:59 AM ET

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