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Diners Save Elderly Woman at Old Tavern

Posted by cocreator on August 22, 2011
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On Aug. 15, Dolores DuMond, 77, had just been seated to lunch in the Garden Room of the Tavern at the Beekman Arms when she suddenly felt short of breath.

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It was her brother-in-law’s 94th birthday, DuMond said. “I was treating him and my sister to lunch.”

Dolores DuMond the Survivor

The Hudson, Columbia County, resident recalled the restaurant happened to be crowded that day — a fortunate thing, as it turned out.

“Once I sat down at the table, I felt breathless,” she said. “I thought, ‘I’ll be fine in a few minutes.’ Then, I heard this buzzing in my ears. I could see a darkness coming into my field of vision.”

Then, she said, all went black.

Sitting at a nearby table was 48-year-old Rhinebeck resident Brian Hutchins, who was having a business luncheon with seven of his co-workers.

“We were eating, and the next thing I knew, someone was calling out for help,” he said.

When Hutchins turned to look, he saw DuMond slumped forward at her table. A few seconds later, he said, she fell to the floor. He and others rushed to help.

“We thought she was choking, so we checked her mouth,” Hutchins said.

But she hadn’t swallowed anything. She hadn’t ordered her food. DuMond stopped breathing a few seconds later, he said.

Hutchins and two women — one, he thought to be a nurse visiting from out of town — cleared the room and began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“They started doing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” he said. “I ran to the desk and asked if they had an AED.”

Luckily for DuMond, a machine had been donated to the restaurant a year or so earlier by the Heart Safe Club of Rhinebeck.

“I grabbed it, ran back and we opened it up,” Hutchins said.

Following the steps provided by automated voice instructions, they applied electrode pads to DuMond’s chest and the machine delivered a life-saving shock.

“Within seconds, she started coughing and choking,” he said.

An ambulance arrived minutes later from Northern Dutchess Hospital.

“She wasn’t breathing,” Hutchins said. “If it wasn’t for the defibrillator, I don’t think she would have survived.”

Hutchins dismissed any notion of being a hero in saving DuMond’s life.

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Bystanders Save Elderly Driver at Intersection

Posted by cocreator on August 15, 2011
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The intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Rio Vista Drive has a way of bringing back memories.

“We had just got over the bridge. We had been to get some gas,” said Peggy Poss who was stopped at the light in late May, with her husband Ben behind the wheel. “I looked around at him and he was like this leaning over. I was scared. I knew something was wrong.”

Ben Poss the Survivor

Ben was having sudden cardiac arrest.

“I don’t remember even stopping at the red light,” he said.

Luckily for Poss of all the places to have a heart attack that was probably the best, but it has nothing to do with the intersection, but the people in the cars around him.

NES employees Alan Nelson and Kurt Hellmann were in a truck right next to them that was also carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED). Nelson pulled Poss from the car and administered CPR before Hellmann used the AED to shock Poss back to life, according to spokesman Tim Hill.

“They had him on the ground working with him you know. I was just tore all to pieces,” Peggy Poss said.

The company decided to put defibrillators on 150 of their trucks last spring.

“Mainly we did it for safety concerns for our employees because we are working around high voltage,” said Hill.

They also knew the devices could help the public.

“It makes me feel mighty grateful,” said Ben Poss. “From what I’ve been told I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for them.”

For Poss, it means a lot more than a second chance. It also means the company he worked at for nearly 35 years came to his rescue.

“It was just ironic that we ended up using it to save the life of a former NES employee,” Hill said.

It’s why, for them, the intersection will never be the same.

“Every time I think about where he was laying, right there in the grass,” Peggy Poss said.

Poss said one day he hopes to meet with the NES crew as well as a Vanderbilt heart specialist who just happened to be there.

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Bystanders Save Worker after Electrocution

Posted by cocreator on August 15, 2011
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Two men shocked by 11,000 volt power lines in Auckland yesterday were smoking, badly burnt and barely alive when rescuers reached them.

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The men, aged 41 and 50, were erecting metal flagpoles outside the Bic office in Normanby Rd, Mt Eden when contact was made with the lines about 1.30pm.

It is believed one pole slipped from the back of their truck on to the powerlines, sending electricity surging through the truck.

Witnesses heard a boom and saw a flash. Power was abruptly cut to about 204 homes and businesses in the area.

One of the men was in a critical condition in Middlemore Hospital’s burns unit last night while the other was in a stable condition at Auckland City Hospital. It was possible he would need to be transferred to Middlemore also.

Among the first on the scene were Rua Roberts, 36, and Kevin Nicholson who were in an Auckland City Mission delivery van when they came across the incident.

“We saw one of the workers lying on his back on the side of the road next to the truck. We dragged him across the road because of the cables – we thought they might drop everywhere.”

Mr Nicholson saw the other man on the other side of the truck. His jeans were still on fire so he grabbed a water bottle from their truck and poured it on the man’s burning legs.

He then returned to the first man and began CPR while Mr Roberts supported him and watched for traffic. He feared the man was dying in front of him.

“He was pretty much gone. He was pale, really pale.”

Andy McGregor the Saviour

Others joined them, including physiotherapist Andy McGregor who ran from his clinic across the road with a defibrillator.

“He used it on him. He vomited after the first shock and they continued doing CPR and he came through … He was on and off a few times there. He’d breathe a little bit and then flat-line.”

He said a lot of people tried to help and it definitely gave the men a chance to survive.

Mr McGregor told 3 News he followed the instructions on the defibrillator because he’d never used one before.

“I had a defib kit so I put that on him and followed the instructions and then yeah, it kicked off,” he said.

“We kept doing CPR on him and we just kept going until the ambulance arrived.”

It was the first time he’d used the machine after being trained by St John to use it only months earlier.

Ryan Prasad, 39, saw one man lying on his side. “He was still burning. I could see smoke and flames coming from him.”

The man was lying on his side making groaning sounds as those around him tried to keep him alive.

“They were telling him to keep breathing,” Mr Prasad said. The man had bad burns to his legs and hands and his clothes appeared ripped.

The rear left tyre of their truck was burnt as was the grass around it where the electricity earthed.

A spokesperson from Vector Energy, Sandy Hodge, said the men appeared to have been backing a truck with a large structure on the back which hit powerlines.

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Medical Staff Save Referee at Game

Posted by cocreator on August 10, 2011
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Crowds watched as Gabriel Tumelty collapsed during a senior Gaelic football match between Burren and Longstone at Pairc Esler in Newry on Sunday.

Ex-chairman of Longstone GAA, Hugh Rodgers, who was at the match on Sunday, said he saw Mr Tumelty suddenly collapse while running.

“The game was coming very close to the end and as he was running he fell flat on his face.

“I thought he had tripped but it became clear he was in grave danger. It became quickly apparent it was serious,” he said.

“It took a few minutes for it to transfer through that it wasn’t a broken ankle, and therefore it (the match) would be cancelled.”

The 46-year-old from Ballykinler was treated on the pitch by medical staff at around 9pm. It is the second time in two weeks that the device has been used pitch-side in Northern Ireland.

As recently as last month a defibrillator was used on Chris McNeill (17), after he collapsed while playing in a Milk Cup match in Portstewart on July 25.

On Sunday medics from both teams as well as three doctors watching the game came to the referee’s assistance when he collapsed during the last few minutes of injury time. One Burren team member who works as a dentist placed Mr Tumelty in the recovery position before the defibrillator was used to revive him.

He was rushed to nearby Daisy Hill Hospital before being transferred to Craigavon Area hospital yesterday afternoon where he is now in a stable condition.

Mr Rodgers said he didn’t believe Mr Tumelty suffered from a serious health problem and added that referees at senior level would have a high degree of fitness.

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Doctor & Medic Save Elderly Baseball Player during Game

Posted by cocreator on August 10, 2011
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Jim Van Cleve stepped up to home plate and hit a single. When the next player came up to bat, Van Cleve stepped off first base, ready to run to second. Instead, he collapsed.

Jim Van Cleve the Survivor

He was near death.

It was his lucky day.

An emergency medical technician was working the game and a cardiologist was in the crowd for the June 26 Bristol Alumni and Athletic Association seventh annual exhibition softball classic at the Bristol Borough Little League Field. And EMT Ken Hopkins remembered to bring along his automatic emergency defibrillator.

Both saw Van Cleve fall.

“The crowd started acting funny …,” said Hopkins, of the Bucks County Rescue Squad. “I ran to my truck and grabbed medical equipment used to treat cardiac arrest.”

At first Hopkins thought Van Cleve, 72, was having a seizure, but then he stopped breathing. Dr. Daniel Vile from Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia knew he was suffering a heart attack.

Hopkins and Vile arrived at Van Cleve’s side about the same time. Vile began administering CPR, then Hopkins used the AED.

“I remember earlier that day I was on bike detail and remembered to bring the AED with me to the softball game,” Hopkins said. “That device saved Jim’s life.”

Van Cleve of Bristol Township had stopped breathing and his heart had gone into an abnormal rhythm when the EMT defibrillated him several times to bring back his pulse. Minutes later, he was placed on a stretcher in an ambulance and an IV of lidocaine was placed in his leg, to stabilize his irregular heart rhythm. Still unconscious, he began breathing on his own on the way to Lower Bucks Hospital, where he woke up shortly after.

“All I remember is getting ready to run to the next base and then waking up in a hospital room,” Van Cleve said. “It’s still hard to believe.”

Hopkins, Vile and Van Cleve met Tuesday, the first time since the incident, at the same field.

“Ken and Daniel saved my life. I believe what happened that day was a miracle,” Van Cleve said, wiping tears from his eyes. “After I got out of the hospital I heard that when Ken was giving me medical treatment during the game, many players and people in the stands crowded around home plate and said a prayer for me. There were an awful lot of angels there.”

And the AED.

“In my 15 years as a firefighter, first responder and EMT, I’ve been involved in two cases like this where the person survived the heart attack,” Hopkins said. “In these cases, they survived because an AED was used.”

Van Cleve’s heart attack and subsequent treatment shines a light on a bigger problem: the lack of AEDs in the community, said Hopkins.

“We need these devices in more places in the community,’’ he said. “Whether it’s the baseball field, supermarket or any public place, we need them and training for people on how to use them.”

Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation from an AED is required to stop the abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm, according to the American Heart Association website.

Without that, Van Cleve wouldn’t be making plans to play in next year’s softball game.

“I feel great now, I just got back from a vacation to Israel,” he said, grinning. “My new pacemaker got me out of all the long airport security lines.”

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