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Thanks to the quick actions of some attendees of Wednesday night’s University of Vermont basketball game, a 64-year-old Essex Junction, Vt., man was spared from certain death.

WCAX reports David Watson was watching the game with his son when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Three UVM doctors who also were in the stands rushed to his aid and began performing rescue efforts. They were eventually joined by emergency responders, and together they were able to get Watson’s heart beating again.

The die-hard UVM basketball fan remains hospitalized as staff members perform ultrasounds of his heart ahead of a surgery next week. He says he’s incredibly lucky and credits the doctors who happened to be there for giving him a new outlook on life.

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