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An informative video made to spread awareness on the CPR technique is being shared as a real one


A post with a video is being shared on social media in which a girl faints and falls on the ground; a man performs CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on her, after which she starts to move. Let’s fact-check this video through this article.

Claim: Young woman seen in the video faints due to a heart attack and is rescued by a man by performing CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Fact: This video is a small portion of an informative video on the CPR technique. It was created by a doctor named Manoj Mittal of Jgadamba Baby Care, Karnal, Haryana, to explain the benefits of CPR. This video has two versions, one vertically shot, and the other horizontally shot. Both contain the same young girl who faints due to a heart attack at the exact location. It can be concluded that the video is scripted; hence the post is MISLEADING.

After searching the internet with relevant keywords, we found an extended version of the video from the viral post. In the extended version, a man approaches the girl who faints and starts performing CPR while explaining it; he even orders people to call an ambulance. The girl gains consciousness after a while and is sent on a stretcher to a hospital. Towards the end of the video, the man explains the CPR technique’s benefits and asks people to watch his other videos on CPR on his YouTube channel-Jagadamba Baby Care. His name is Manoj Mittal, and he is a Doctor; Manoj uploads health-related informative videos on his YouTube channel. Another video on CPR, which is horizontally shot, was also uploaded.

Although both videos do not contain a disclaimer that says they are scripted, we found a few differences when we compared the horizontally shot video and the vertical one. The girl is standing at a banana stall in the horizontal video and in front of a sweet lime shop in the vertical one. In the vertical one, Dr. Manoj shows a paper with his social media credentials but not in the horizontal one. At the end of the vertically shot video, he says that the video is made for informative purposes.

In both videos, he is wearing a collar microphone. It is also hard to believe that a person can get a heart attack at the same place twice. Hence it can be concluded that the video is made for informative purposes and is scripted.

What is the CPR technique?

According to cpr.heart.orgCPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.’ This has to be performed with care, and the step-by-step procedure of it can be read here and here.

To sum up, an informative video made to spread awareness on the CPR technique is being shared as a real one.


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