Archive for September, 2009

Basketball Player Saved during Gym Workout

Posted by cocreator on September 29, 2009
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The 6-7, 218-pounder Tennessee sophomore forward Emmanuel Negedu had finished a workout in the weight room and was leaving the complex with teammate Bobby Maze en route to a pick-up basketball game when he lost consciousness.

Emmanuel Negedu the Survivor

Emmanuel Negedu the Survivor

Negedu had gone through a more strenuous Monday morning workout and attended classes before returning to the UT weight room for a light session of upper-body strength training.

He did not complain of any pains, nor did he exhibit any warning signs before collapsing, according to witnesses.

He collapsed around 4:00 p.m. when according to university officials, his heart stopped beating.

Team trainers quickly retrieved a nearby automated external defibrillator and revived him.

Negedu, known to coaches, teammates and fans as “E-Man,” was conscious when he was transported to UT Medical Center.

He was undergoing an extensive battery of diagnostic tests and was to be held there overnight for observation, according to Vols’ associate athletic trainer Chad Newman.

Bruce Pearl, University of Tennessee Basketball Coach says “He is awake, he is alert and he is in very good spirits.”

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Doctor & Firefighter Save Elderly Man during Track Race

Posted by cocreator on September 29, 2009
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John Culshaw, aged 72, of Lakeside, has been running for the club since 1979 and was competing at an event in Nuneaton when he fell ill.

He had just finished sixth in the men’s over-50s speed walk when he collapsed and his heart stopped.

A fireman and doctor from a nearby club rushed to his aid and administered CPR before a defibrillator was fetched from Pingles Leisure Centre.

John told the Herald: “Basically, I’m lucky to be alive. Apparently the arteries to my heart were blocked. I was diagnosed with angina in 1997, but had no symptoms and it did not need treatment.”

The incident happened on August 12. John was rushed to Coventry’s University Hospital where he underwent a triple heart bypass.

He is now recovering at home, walking three miles a day and doctors say he should be back competing within four months.

He said: “My vest had to be cut from me when I collapsed, and the club have bought me a new one – so they are expecting me back!”

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Dentist, Cop & Student-Nurse Save Man on Street

Posted by cocreator on September 26, 2009
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On Sept. 18, as 71-year-old George Allison was in the back seat of his son Craig Allison’s car driving on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., he suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

George Allison (right) the Survivor

George Allison (right) the Survivor

“We had just finished some conversation and there was some quiet time. Within about 30 seconds my son turned around,” said Barbara, who was riding in the front seat.

From the look on Craig’s face, she said, she knew something terrible was happening.

Her husband of nearly 50 years wasn’t breathing.

Craig pulled the car to the shoulder and yanked his father’s body from the back seat and tried to administer the Heimlich maneuver, thinking his father had choked on a peanut.

“My daughter-in-law got out and she was screaming for help. Her cell phone wouldn’t work,” said Barbara. “Craig pulled him out of the car and laid him on the ground, and the people showed up.”

Those people were strangers Daniel Lapidus, a San Luis Obispo dentist who had recently finished his active duty with the Air Force, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Marisela Campos, a public health employee working toward a degree in nursing.

He wasn’t breathing, and he didn’t have a pulse,” Lapidus told the Tribune. “I knew we had to give him CPR.”

Lapidus started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Campos began chest compressions.

Barbara Allison said the two strangers worked for eight minutes to try to get her husband to breathe again.

A California Highway Patrol trooper arrived on scene and hit George with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart.

George was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to implant a defibrillator in his chest.

By Monday, he and his wife were home.

“The most memorable part of this is the people and how they reacted — the lady, the dentist and the highway patrolman — the things they did. They didn’t hesitate. They didn’t ask,” he said, his voice choked with emotion. “All of those things needed to come together just right, and they did.”

“Eight minutes of CPR is a very long time and almost never happens,” said Barbara. “There are very few who could have lived under these circumstances.”

“They were my guardian angels,” said George.

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Medic & Synagouge Save Gabbai on Bilmah

Posted by cocreator on September 25, 2009
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On that particular Saturday morning two weeks ago, Mr. Silverman, 61, Beth El Congregation’s first vice president, was serving as the gabbai, the honorary synagogue member who coordinates services. The synagogue had a double-b’nai mitzvah and a baby-naming ceremony that morning and the first aliyah had just been called up to the bimah.

Steve Silverman the Survivor

Steve Silverman the Survivor

Around that time, Mr. Silverman recalled leaning over to Art Wien, director of Beth El’s b’nai mitzvah program, saying, “I’m in trouble.” After that, he said he has no recollection of anything until hours later when he woke up in a hospital.

But congregants in the main sanctuary said they saw Mr. Silverman stumble and fall to the floor.

“I saw Mr. Silverman’s body position didn’t look right. I walked briskly to [the bimah] and heard the sound he was making. It was very serious,” said Len Newman, an emergency medical technician who volunteers for the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fortunately, the Pikesville synagogue owns three automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

Mr. Kleiner said he had stepped out of the sanctuary minutes earlier. A congregant raced to find him, and within three minutes from the time Mr. Silverman fell, Mr. Kleiner ran in with an AED.

Mr. Newman, who was giving CPR to Mr. Silverman, administered the defibrillator.

It took about 11 1/2 minutes from the time Mr. Silverman collapsed until an ambulance arrived and EMTs administered intravenous drugs and hooked him up to a heart monitor.

But it was the congregation’s defibrillator that likely saved Mr. Silverman’s life, according to Mr. Newman.

For this High Holiday season, Mr. Silverman said he will be particularly reflective. “One of the images brought home on the holidays is the picture of God as a shepherd,” he said. “In my mind, I keep going back that I am one of the sheep and God took a look and said, ‘Maybe this is the time to scare the hell out of him, not the time for him to die.’”

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Staff Save Card Player at Community Center

Posted by cocreator on September 25, 2009
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Patti Davis works at the Fort Wayne Community Center.

Patti Davis (left) the Saviour

Patti Davis (left) the Saviour

The gentleman was playing cards at the center when he went into cardiac arrest.

Patti and the other staff members quickly responded to his aid, using an Automatic External Defibrillator to restart his heart.

“I don’t think you think when you do it. You just go and follow and remember your training that we all get here at the Community Center,” said Davis. “You just go through it and hope for the best, and it was the best this time.”

With Patti’s initial response and paramedics’ expertise, it took only seven minutes to get the man breathing again on his own.

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