Meet Eric Prullage

Meet Eric Prullage who performed CPR on his professor.


Eric Prullage’s biochemistry lab started out just like any other on February 2. The small class of 10 seniors were performing experiments at their lab tables when they heard a loud noise and turned around to find that their professor, Shuqun Zhang, had suffered a major cardiac event and collapsed to the floor. Prullage immediately called 911 and administered CPR, which he had learned as an Eagle Scout.

“I’d like to think I just did what anybody else would do in that situation,” Prullage said. “I’d also like to thank everyone else who helped that day. It was not an easy situation, and I’m very grateful that Dr. Zhang was able to join us for the rest of the semester.”

Zhang was in a coma for 12 days in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital. He then had 10 days where he was able to speak to others at the hospital but does not remember. After a few months of rest, Zhang was recently able to return to the classroom to teach and has made a full recovery.

“If Eric hadn’t called 911 and done CPR right away, I don’t think I ever would have been able to come back to teach,” Zhang said. “When blood stops flowing to the brain, brain cells start to die due to the lack of oxygen.” Read More.

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