TIMES SQUARE – Congratulations are in order for Montserrat physician Dr. Icilma Fergus-Rowe who led her team to a new Guiness World Record on Thursday night in New York City.
In conjunction with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Mount Sinai Medical Center they smashed the previous record of an unbroken CPR relay of 240 people. It took 250 celebrities, politicians and others about five hours to set a Guinness World Record for most people in a CPR relay. The relay lasted 12 hours, with a final tally of 700 participants each doing 60 compressions. By the end of the day 1000 people were trained in how to do CPR at the Times Square event.
“Thanks for the accolades but this is the dream come true for Dr. Larry Phillips of NYU and the AHA acted on it and made a reality. So Kudo’s to Larry and the AHA,” the cardiologist said.
The American Heart Association hosted the event in New York City as part of National CPR & AED Awareness Week.
Dr Fergus-Rowe is the Director of Cardiovascular Disparities at the Center Mount Sinai Medical Center. Annually she returns with a team to island to conduct heart and health checks on a voluntary basis.