Jeff Feig: A Businessman’s Story of Thanks
Jeff Feig is a man with a lot to be thankful for. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Honors Business Administration program, Feig joined the Toronto branch of Citibank. In 1994 he started to manage teams of traders, and in 2001 he went to London to lead the company’s European Foreign Exchange division. By 2004 Jeff Feig became the Global Head of Foreign Exchange, and went back to New York City.
Ten years later Feig moved to the Fortress Investment Group. There he became the Co-CIO of the firm’s Macro Fund and a co-president of their Liquid Markets division.
What Feig is truly thankful for, however, is how his life was saved by lay people after he suffered a massive heart attack.
In August, 2016, while vacationing in a bungalow colony in upstate New York, Feig experience a massive cardiac arrest.
Onlookers who were also staying at the bungalow colony quickly leapt into action when they saw their friend collapse. Luckily for Feig, they had been trained at the colony in CPR and how to use an external defibrillator, or A.E.D.
Four quick-thinking lay people all played a crucial role in saving Feig’s life. One person called an ambulance; a second delivered chest compression; mouth-to-mouth ventilation was begun by a third; and the fourth person ran to the social hall and grabbed the AED. The defibrillator was then used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, saving Feig’s life.
Even more impressive, Feig suffered no permanent heart damage or brain damage. It took the ambulance ten minutes before it arrived at the scene. The brain cannot tolerate lack of oxygen for more than four minutes, after which death soon follows. Jeff is now a firm believer in CPR and the efficacy of AEDs.
“I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life and I’m not going to waste it,” Feig said. “My goal is to spread the word to increase the level of CPR training in the population and get every institution to have a defibrillator on hand and people trained to use it.”
Just two weeks before Feig’s heart attack the colony had taken a training and refresher course in CPR and the use of the AED. You can be sure Jeff Feig is thankful they did!