Archive for July, 2009

Mother Helps Save Son at Party

Posted by cocreator on July 31, 2009
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It’s unusual for a 17-year-old boy to collapse from sudden cardiac arrest, and two in the same hospital at the same time is almost unheard of.

“We were playing games, and I decided I was going to ride a mechanical bull,” recalled Kyle. “I was on it, and I passed out. The next thing I remember is waking up at the hospital.

Kyle’s mother, Lisa Bednar, was a chaperone at grad night.

“I was the first one on scene. We called for 911, and then there was a group of four of us that started CPR on Kyle, got the defibrillator and shocked him. We continued CPR until the ambulance actually showed up,” Lisa Bednar recalled.

Kyle Bednar the Survivor

Kyle Bednar the Survivor

A recent stress test that Kyle Bednar took showed he’s in healthy shape. Even though he experienced a close call, he says nothing’s really changed for him.

“It doesn’t even really feel like it ever happened. It’s kind of like life back to normal,” he said.

Kyle says he’s just a little more careful when he’s physically active. In the fall, he’ll be a freshman at North Dakota State University, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Both Ward and Bednar mothers say they have a new mission—making sure every high school is equipped with a defibrillator and people who know how to use them.

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Doctors Save Man at League Game

Posted by cocreator on July 29, 2009
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Tony Finnerty was behind the town goal in James Stephens Park on February 1 last as Mayo started their National League campaign against Derry.

Early in the first half Tony had a sudden massive heart attack. Tony had no pulse.

Standing right in front of him was Fionnuala Lavin, a Consultant Cardiologist at Mayo General. A matter of yards away the Order of Malta were positioned with a defibrillator. Ballina based Dr Fergal Ruane was the doctor on call at the game and was at the scene swiftly.

Within moments the Order of Malta’s defibrillator was in use.

Three blasts of the defibrillator proved crucial. It was, quite simply, the difference between life and death.

“I was very lucky, I know that,” Tony admits. “If the right people and the defibrillator wasn’t there, then who knows … It made all the difference.”

“Tony couldn’t have been in a better location,” adds Dr Fergal Ruane. “If it wasn’t for the defibrillator that was it. The key to it is the shock and the time of the shock. The first two minutes are the most important and Tony was lucky it happened where it did.”

“You don’t think something like this will happen to you. You always think it will happen to someone else, that there’s nothing wrong with you. But then it does happen to you and a lot of it then is luck. I happened to be somewhere where there were medical people and, most importantly, a defibrillator.”

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Employees & Nurse Save Woman in Gym

Posted by cocreator on July 23, 2009
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Connie Schilling, an Edina resident, parked the car and entered Baker Road Life Time Fitness in Eden Prairie, but beyond that, she has no recollection.

That’s where Life Time staff and fellow members helped fill her in. Apparently Schilling had started out on the elliptical and was moving on to the next station when she collapsed.

Front Desk coordinator Mary Ann Hascall was quick to coordinate a response, alerting staff to contact emergency officials, clearing the area, grabbing the AED device and alerting operations manager Mike Ferguson to the emergency.

Ferguson, who has been a CPR instructor for the past 20 years, initiated use of the AED and CPR. This is the third time he’s had to use such emergency skills. Despite the experience, he noted that it’s extremely nerve-wracking.

“One of the benefits of an automated external defibrillator is the fact that it walks you through step by step,” said Ferguson.

Joining him in administering CPR was nurse Kim Haverstock, a Lifetime Fitness member, who happened to be at the club during the incident.

Haverstock was on the treadmill when she noticed an alarm going off, then saw Schilling on the floor off to the side. Schilling was blue and lifeless, recalled Haverstock, of Eden Prairie.

“We just kept doing CPR until the EMTs arrived,” Haverstock said.

“It was nice to see the process work for the patient.”, Haverstock said.

People ask Ferguson what it felt like, and the only word he can think of is “overwhelming.” He also said “We help others in time of need.”

Schilling “had absolutely no warning.”

It turns out her heart is fine, her cardiac arrest was not the result of heart disease or blocked arteries. Schilling is not predisposed to something like this. “It’s just that an electrical misfiring occurred.”

“These things can happen,” noted Schilling, who now considers it her mission to spread awareness about the issue. “Every day I give thanks for being here.”

“I’m living proof of how that was so important in saving my life that day,” said Schilling.

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Colleagues Save Stockbroker’s Life at Work

Posted by cocreator on July 19, 2009
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Mr Browne, 63, runs Australia’s oldest stockbroking company, Tolhurst Group. On Friday, March 27 this year, he’d chaired an animated, often acrimonious meeting in its 15th-floor boardroom. When it finished, he was looking forward to a calming cup of tea. He remembers beginning to pour one and then… nothing.

David Browne the Survivor

David Browne the Survivor

He was dropped by a sudden cardiac arrest. His heart stopped and he was, for a while, dead.

As a colleague began CPR, another ran for the defibrillator.

The electrode pads were placed on his chest, one just below his right collarbone and the other on the left side over his lower ribs. Voice prompts on the machine told the operator that a shock was needed and to push the button to deliver it.

Mr Browne’s heart began beating and he started breathing again.

The first ambulance paramedics, Dean Jensen and Desmond Keane, arrived on the scene at 10 minutes after receiving the call.

As they walked in the door, Mr Browne’s heart stopped again and they shocked him to restart it.

Mr Browne had always encouraged first-aid courses for the company’s 200 employees, bringing in tutors to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, and the like: “And I think one of them said to me that if we were going to do CPR, why not go the whole hog.”

“This might sound like hindsight, but the demographic of stockbroking, with the tension that arises, is probably a monte for somebody, somewhere, to have this sort of problem,” says Mr Browne. “I just didn’t expect to be the first guinea pig.”

“They’re easy to use, you’re prompted all the way, you don’t need any medical knowledge… All it needs is someone to grab that machine and turn it on.”

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Young Firefighter Saves Elderly Man at Airport

Posted by cocreator on July 18, 2009
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Their vacation was over, and Joseph Oginski and his family were waiting at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers for the flight home to Great Neck on July 4.

Joseph Oginski the Saviour

Joseph Oginski the Saviour

Suddenly, a gate attendant screamed, “There’s someone down!” Oginski looked at his father, Gerry, then rushed over, announcing, “I’m a firefighter and first responder. Can I help you?”

The 75-year-old victim was turning blue with no pulse or signs of breathing when Oginski, 17, a newly minted firefighter with the Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company, reached him.

Trained in CPR, Oginski asked a port authority officer for a pocket face mask to administer rescue breaths and advised the gate attendant to begin chest compressions

Five minutes later, another officer arrived with an automatic external defibrillator.

When the defibrillator was in place, Joseph used the equipment to shock the man, who did not respond. He resumed the rescue breathing and chest compressions, followed by another shock.

In all, it took three jolts from the defibrillator and continuing CPR maneuvers to restore breath and a pulse to the gentleman.

Oginski said, “I kept looking up at the man’s wife…she was my inspiration to keep going…keep trying. I was so ecstatic when I saw color come back into his face.

The team used the device to restore the man’s pulse, and he started breathing on his own.

Two medical crews arrived shortly after to take over, Oginski said.

“I was happy after working on him, and it made me feel good to know that everything I’d learned and put to use was successful.”

“The feeling was incredible watching my son help save a life,” said Gerry Oginski, 45, a lawyer.

“My wife and I felt so proud to see his training kick in automatically, and to see him take charge of a medical emergency in such a calm and professional manner.”

“He’s a good kid, a good firefighter,” said Great Neck Vigilant First Deputy Chief Mark Meade. “He knows what to do without losing his head, and experienced enough to know what to do.”

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