Two staff members were helping, and they were great,” he said. They brought him a portable defibrillator, and Hinojosa shocked him once.
Shortly afterwards, the man regained consciousness. Hinojosa said the 58-year-old man was talking to emergency medical personnel as he was rushed to South Austin Hospital. “I heard he was doing well,” he said.
“He didn’t have a pulse.” Assuming the man was having a heart attack, Peters asked one of the Y staff to bring the defibrillator from the main hallway while he and another staff member began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.
When a staff member handed him the defibrillator, Peters hooked up the two electrode pads to the man’s chest while an off-duty nurse took over the mouth-to-mouth.
An automated voice said “Stand clear, I’m going to give a shock.”
The jolt caused the man to tremble slightly, but he didn’t come around. Peters took over the chest compressions.
“After about a minute his heart started beating again and he opened his eyes and vomited, just as the paramedics showed up.”
The man was dazed and disoriented but able to answer simple questions.
“What happened?” he asked. “I feel like crap.”
“He was clinically dead.” The 44-year-old man who suffered the heart attack was taken to Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Newmarket where he underwent heart surgery.
He is recovering in hospital, says Gilda Evely, general manager of the Orillia Y.
This is the first time the defibrillator has been used in the year it has been in the Peter Street facility, said Evely. “We’re very thankful it was here and available in an emergency. These machines save lives.”
Peters says he was simply doing what he is trained to do.
“It was just one of those things — you never know,” he said.
The Patchogue ambulance arrived and transported Barton to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, where he was held in the emergency room for two hours. He was then transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center and was sedated overnight, according to Barton’s cousin Brian Jenkins, 26, of Amityville.
As soon as yesterday evening, Barton, of Spar Drive was breathing on his own and laughing with his two young sons, according to Jenkins.
“I’m just so happy we were all able to help,” Schreiber said. “That’s why they call them teammates. It was a complete group effort.”
“When he dropped, we kind of nudged him a little because we thought he was joking,” Matt Dugan said. “Then one of the guys we were playing with said ‘I can’t find a pulse’ and I began trying to remember what I should do.”
“I did take CPR in 8th grade and then at college, so I somewhat knew what to do,” said Matt Dugan. But it wasn’t enough, so Matt called for help.
Also coming to Pat Dugan’s aid that day were off-duty Omaha firefighter Brad Witte, the YMCA’s aquatic director, Deb Munger, and head lifeguard Mike Ceeba.
Witte continued CPR while Munger attached an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock Dugan’s heart back to life. Ceeba came running with an oxygen bag-valve mask to help him breathe.
Munger, who is certified to use the defibrillator, said it was the first time she had done so on a real patient.
“Luckily, my son was there and began CPR immediately,” Dugan said. “He also got the right people and the right equipment to me.”
Dugan was moaning and groaning when paramedics arrived to transport him to Lakeside Medical Center. He spent two days at the hospital before being released and is still trying to regain his full strength.
“If people – all people – would understand how to perform CPR, it would be a lifesaving accomplishment,” he said. “Having somebody there with CPR training and the right equipment made difference for me.”
“Our station is only a minute or two away, but even so, the patient was already shocked and breathing when we got here,” Vonderhaar said. “Those were critical steps and those people who took them are the real heroes.”
In the gym later that morning, Ron Pardi, a gym and music teacher at the school, led the first-graders in a ball-bouncing exercise.
When 6-year-old Olivia Quigley suddenly dropped to the floor, Pardi went to her and found her still breathing. He went to the office to call for help and sent another student to fetch Casaletto from his sixth-grade classroom nearby.
Teacher Robert Casaletto, 38, rushed to the gym fearing something had happened to his daughter, also a first-grader in the class. He went to help Olivia as the other first-graders watched in stunned silence. One began to cry. Then, he sent them into another room.
“That was the hard thing for me,” Casaletto said. “Part of me wanted to go hug my daughter, but I thought, Olivia needs me more.”
Carabine rushed in minutes later. She saw Olivia on the floor, her skin gray. Carabine knew the girl well, having met her at a summer camp last year where she was teaching.
Carabine put her mouth over Olivia’s and gave her two breaths. Casaletto gave her 30 chest compressions. The two alternated the routine for 7 minutes.
Firefighters and emergency workers arrived shortly afterward and shocked the girl with a defibrillator as a school administrator watched and said a Hail Mary aloud.
Olivia’s heartbeat returned.
Joe Quigley arrived at the school just in time to see his daughter’s breathing restored. He pulled out his cellphone and called his wife, a scientist at Biogen Idec Inc. in Cambridge.
“When we got to the ER at Mass. General, they said they believed she had a heart attack,” she said. “It was absolutely inconceivable to me. I still have a hard time accepting this happened.”
“MGH called her their miracle child,” Joe Quigley said sitting in his daughter’s hospital room yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon in her hospital room, Olivia behaved like a typical little girl, coloring pictures and singing songs. She greeted Casaletto and Carabine, as well as her first-grade teacher, Lauren Rozzi, with open arms. They gave her gifts, stuffed animals and notes, from her first-grade classmates. She wiggled two of her loose teeth for them.
“There are no words to express my gratitude,” Cathy Quigley said. “Olivia had angels on earth taking care of her.”
Today Boston EMT Philip Kennard returned to the same auditorium for a celebration of the rescue of Olivia Quigley, now 7. She was in the front row with her parents, smiling, as officials praised the school’s teachers and rescue personnel for bringing her back to life.
“Right there,” said Kennard, 25, pointing to the spot on the floor where he and his partner Michael Steiner, 49, treated Olivia that day.
“It’s amazing. It’s one of those things that can happen only once in an entire career,” said Kennard, a tall, thin, young man in the brown uniform of an EMT. “She’s made a full recovery, a happy little kid.”
About 200 students from the school, from grades 1 to 7, the girls clad in plaid jumpers and the boys in white polo shirts and dark pants, crowded into the auditorium for the ceremony, which included a presentation of proclamations from the Legislature and from the city.
Principal Mary Ann Manfredonia said Olivia’s family was truly “a profile in courage” and that Olivia had “battled the odds and is well on her way to a complete recovery.”
Joe Quigley, Olivia’s father, said the ceremony was “fabulous.”
“It gave us such an opportunity to stand up and actually thank, in person, everybody that was involved, the teachers, the school, Father Wayne from the church, and, of course, the EMTs that responded so well,” said Quigley.
“Olivia’s doing great. She’s just so happy to be back in school. She’s so happy to be back with her friends. She wants to be a normal little girl. And she is a normal little girl, she’s just been through an awful lot,” said Quigley. It’s still a mystery why Olivia’s heart stopped, Quigley said.
Asked after the ceremony how she was feeling, Olivia said, “Better,” with a big smile.
Quigley said it took seven minutes for emergency responders to get to the school. That was “absolutely fantastic,” he said, but “in our daughter’s case, if CPR hadn’t been performed on her, seven minutes would have been too late.”