Archive for October, 2009

Son & Lifeguards Save Man after Surfing

Posted by cocreator on October 30, 2009
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Mr Callaghan, who has been body surfing since 1962, was holidaying in St Ives with wife Gill, 74, Julian, daughter Sue Tallis, 47 and her children Lucy, 15, and Harry, who live in Frolisworth, near Lutterworth.

John Callaghan the Survivor

John Callaghan the Survivor

He returned to the apartment feeling cold and tired after a surfing session on July 16.

John suddenly collapsed on the bathroom floor.

His son Julian, who used to be a lifeguard at Stamford Leisure Pool, gave his father emergency resuscitation while his grandson Harry Tallis, 12, ran to the beach to ask for help.

Lifeguards Robert Sprent-Howell, James Symons, Emily Harris and Ben Tregonning collected an emergency first aid kit, including a defibrillator, and ran to the apartment where they found Mr Callaghan unconscious.

Mr Callaghan’s heart was shocked three times by the defibrillator to get it started.

Another lifeguard Sarah Rowe and the St Ives Coastguard team cleared an area on the beach for the Royal Navy helicopter to land to take Mr Callaghan, who was breathing but had a weak pulse, to hospital.

After five days in intensive care in Truro, Mr Callaghan was transferred to Glenfield Heart Hospital, in Leicester and underwent surgery to fit an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Mr Callaghan is now fully recovered but says he has quit body surfing.

Mr Symons said: “We were delighted and very relieved when John’s wife came down to the beach the next day to tell us that he was making a recovery.”

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Grandson, Son-in-Law & Cop Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on October 26, 2009
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Daniel Beahan, 13, an eighth-grader at Regina Coeli School in Hyde Park, said he was getting ready for bed when his family heard thrashing sounds coming from his grandfather’s room downstairs.

Daniel Beahan the Saviour

Daniel Beahan the Saviour

It was Sept. 9 around 9:40 p.m.

Daniel’s grandfather, Edward Robertson, 80, lost consciousness and went into respiratory arrest.

The teen’s father, Joseph Beahan, called 911, and Daniel quickly went to work performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

A dispatcher instructed the family to move Robertson from the bed onto a hard surface, like the floor, Joseph Beahan said.

Daniel doesn’t remember how long he performed CPR, but after a short while, his grandfather began labored breathing .

A few minutes later, state police arrived with an automated external defibrillator device.

Robertson was connected to the device, but it said no shock was advised because his heart was beating, Daniel said. His grandfather’s pacemaker was probably a factor in that, he said.

Robertson regained consciousness in the ambulance, en route to the hospital, he said.

Joseph Beahan, the buildings administrator for the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, said his son and his father-in-law have always been very close.

“You wonder how your kids will react in an emergency situation,” Beahan said. “He got in there and did exactly what he needed to do.

“His grandfather’s here because of him,” he said. “He thanks him every day.”

Daniel was certified in CPR by the American Heart Association through a course taught by the Heart Safe Club in Rhinebeck.

“We’re proud of him, that he put the skills to use,” Forbes said. “He acted quickly and didn’t just sit by.”

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Daughter, Coach & EMT Save Grandmother at Volleyball Game

Posted by cocreator on October 25, 2009
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Rosemary Williams, a 76-year-old retired registered nurse, was walking toward the Eisenhower High School gym with her daughter, Connie Bublitz, to watch a game to be coached by her granddaughter, Sarah Bublitz at a junior varsity match between Eisenhower and Springfield High School..

Williams, who has a history of heart problems, suddenly dropped to the ground while holding on to her daughter’s arm.

“She wasn’t responding,” Connie Bublitz recalled. “There was no response in her eyes, her face, nothing. There wasn’t any pulse.”

Connie Bublitz, a Macon County employee trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, performed chest compressions and delivered a couple of quick breaths into her mother’s mouth.

Michelle Bonebrake, the varsity coach, had just walked over to the gym’s entrance, to speak to the athletic director about an official who had not yet arrived. She spotted the elderly lady on the floor near the door.

“I assumed it was a heart attack,” Bonebrake recalled. “I kicked my heels off, ran across the gym and got the defibrillator.”

When Bonebrake returned, Jennifer Parsano, an emergency medical technician who was pulling concession duty at the game, had taken charge of the scene. As soon as Bonebrake returned with the machine, Parsano said Williams had no pulse and was not breathing.

A couple of students, A.J. Madison and David Reed, called 911.

Bonebrake placed the “defibrillator next to Williams and attached the patches to her chest.

“As soon we put the patches on, it assessed her and checked her heart rate,” Bonebrake said. “If her heart was not beating it would shock her. And it shocked her.”

Because there was no discernible response, Bublitz and another woman resumed performing CPR.

“The machine said, ‘Please stop compressions,'” Bonebrake recalled. “The machine assessed that her heart was not beating. Then it shocked her again.”

Just as emergency medical technicians simultaneously arrived from the Decatur Ambulance Service and Decatur Fire Department – four of five minutes after they were dispatched – Williams took her first breath.

“It was kind of surreal,” Bonebrake said. “I was just holding her hand, and staring into her eyes. I was saying, ‘Breathe, everything is going to be all right.’ Every time I said ‘breathe,’ she would breathe. If I didn’t say anything, she would not breathe. It was so miraculous to me, that she was fighting so hard.”

“That was the first time we ever used it, and thankfully the first time was successful,” Hicklin said. “It was a miracle. It was an extraordinary situation. I was so proud of the quick thinking of Michelle Bonebrake and Jennifer Parsano. They made their Eisenhower family very proud. Today’s been a very emotional day for all of us. It made us stop and reflect on what’s really important.”

Connie Bublitz said her mother, recovering in the intensive care unit of St. Mary’s Hospital on Friday, is doing pretty well.

She commended Bonebrake and Parsano as loving, genuine people, who were in the right place at the right time, and did a great job of helping her mother.

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Neighbours Save Woman at Home

Posted by cocreator on October 23, 2009
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The night of Sept. 9, Carol Lewis, 52, felt dizzy and then collapsed in her house in the Saybrook Village housing plan in Greensburg.

Carol Lewis the Survivor

Carol Lewis the Survivor

She didn’t have a pulse, according to people who were with her that night.

Her 16-year-old son, John, called Westmoreland County 911 and raced to neighbors Ron and Renee Berberick while staying on the phone with a dispatcher.

The Berbericks performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, on Lewis until two other neighbors shocked her twice with an AED.

Renee Berberick, a nurse, said Lewis had no pulse and was blue when she and her husband started CPR.

“I didn’t know that we had the AED machine,” Renee Berberick said. “There were two men that came in, and I was just so happy to see them.”

“You never think you’re going to use (CPR training), but we did,” said Ron Berberick, who works as a shift commander at the state prison in Hempfield.

Residents of Saybrook Village had bought the AED, which consists of a defibrillator, two electrode pads and connection wires, after a door-to-door fundraising campaign in the neighborhood a few years ago. The AED and three others are kept in the homes of emergency responders who live in the plan and have AED training.

“I’m a firm believer in the AED now,” Lewis said. “I think that if that wasn’t around, I probably wouldn’t be around. I didn’t know we had one in the neighborhood, actually.”

Espersen, 24, said her mother’s experience seemed like a bad dream that turned positive.

“It was a nightmare I never thought would come true,” she said of the night her mother collapsed. “Honestly, it was like something you see in the movies: You never think that it will happen to you.”

She said the quickness that her mother received CPR and shocks from the AED — all within about three minutes — saved her life.

Rob Mattes and Bill Krulac used the AED twice before getting a pulse from Lewis. Mattes said the close proximity of the AED was a factor in saving Lewis’ life. “There’s no doubt in my mind,” he said.

Lewis said she could never give enough thanks to her friends and neighbors who rescued her.

“I don’t know what you can say to somebody that saved your life,” she said.

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Coach Saves University Basketball Player

Posted by cocreator on October 23, 2009
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On Oct. 15, Terry Smith was put to the test when Pearlman, a 6-foot junior center from Chicago, collapsed after running sprints following the first day of practice, lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest.

Liz Pearlman (left) the Survivor

Liz Pearlman (left) the Survivor

The 38-year-old Smith, who has been head trainer at Aurora University for six years, was routinely monitoring the women’s basketball practice as he had many times before.

“I was on one side of the court and Liz was on the other,” he said. “Like a lot of the players she was bent over, breathing hard, and then she went down. I walked over and started to say, ‘OK, Liz, let’s get up. As I got to her she was having trouble breathing and it spiraled out of control.”

He knew what to do, telling an assistant coach to call 911 and instructing coach Michelle Roof to get the automated external defibrillator in the lobby of Thornton Gymnasium while he started CPR compressions on the player.

Roof sprinted back with the device and took over those compressions as Smith started to hook it up.

It shocked Pearlman twice, who later started bleeding from her nose and mouth, likely due to blood clots in her lungs that weren’t diagnosed until two days later.

An assistant coach had the players clear the gym, paramedics arrived and Pearlman was taken to an ambulance, which remained in the parking lot at least 20 minutes before she was stabilized and ready to be transported.

Her parents, notified by assistant trainer Nicki Pieart, were on their way to Aurora.

“It was very scary,” Richard Pearlman said. “We’re dealing with rush-hour traffic and the rain. We were in terror in our car because you don’t know if she’s alive or dead. There was a 25- to 30-minute window where we didn’t know.”

Later that night in the intensive care unit, Liz awoke to find she had been intubated with a breathing tube.

“She signed, ‘I love you’ with her hand,” said her dad, “and it was the first time I knew that her brain was OK.”

“For years you say, ‘Thank God, I never had to use it,'” Smith said of his skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He’s taught CPR classes many times. “As I tell my classes, ‘You learn it and it seems monotonous, but there’s a reason for it.'”

“When I saw (Liz) at the hospital Friday, it was a big relief; she was definitely looking better,” he said. “And then when I went back Saturday, it was one of the happiest days of my life. She looked good and was able to talk to me.”

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