Sunday, 4 August 2013

The Kiss of Life

It's not what you may think ...
The Kiss of Life by Rocco Morabito.

This 1967 award-winning photo entitled " Kiss of Life " shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson , at the top of a utility pole . 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 . Champion survived and lived until 2002 , when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world . Share the pic if you think he's Amazing !

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