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Offspring Drummer Turned Ob-Gyn Saves Juror at Own Trial

'Have you ever' heard something so unexpected?
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2018 2:58 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former drummer for The Offspring (who apparently has a bad habit of saving people) now has time to relax because it'll be a long time before his medical malpractice trial after he prevented a potential juror in cardiac arrest from reaching the end of the line, Law360 reports. According to the Mercury News, Dr. James Lilja, who played with the punk band from 1984 to 1987 before deciding to leave it behind and find his meaning of life as a certified ob-gyn, is being sued by a couple for negligent mistreatment (prompting this writer to wonder, "What happened to you?"). A juror was waiting to be called back into the courtroom during the second day of jury selection Tuesday in Oakland (a 13-hour drive from Walla Walla), when he collapsed, had his head smash on the floor, and lost consciousness. (All I want is for jury duty to come with a health disclaimer.)

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Giving bystanders something to believe in, Lilja took an intermission from court proceedings and did something to change the world of the unconscious juror, delivering CPR and shocks with a defibrillator. But he wasn't so alone, his nursing assistant helped. The juror was not the one to die that day and had a pulse when paramedics arrived. Lilja's actions surely left other potential jurors amazed, which is why the judge declared a mistrial, arguing their good feelings toward Lilja would be "incurable," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "No good deed goes unpunished," Lilja quipped. And while Lilja now has gotta get away from potential jurors since the judge decided he has to keep 'em separated, Lilja's heroics were still pretty fly (for an ob-gyn guy). And that's got to be good for his self esteem. (Read more obstetrician-gynecologists stories.)

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