A quick-thinking woman administered CPR to her 69-year-old husband who had a heart attack Saturday, until the St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue could assist him with a defribillator.
The fast response saved his life.
According to officials, the woman’s effort was the second time in the last seven years, she and the St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue worked in tandem to save her husband after he had a heart attack. She is a retired nurse.
Around 9:23 a.m., Saturday, St. Pete Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a man in cardiac arrest at Demens Landing, at the corner of 1st Avenue North and Bayshore Boulevard, according to the news release.
Acting Lt. John Fair, who was first on the scene, he found a 69-year-old man on the ground in cardiac arrest with a female performing CPR on him.
According to St. Pete Fire and Rescue, that woman was the man’s wife.
Fair, the news release said, placed his Automated External Defibrillator on the patient, but the defibrillator warned, “no shock advised.” Fair continued then with CPR.
After arriving on scene, paramedics took another look at the patient’s heart by way of monitor. At this time they determined it was necessary to defibrillate the patient. Soon after the defibrillation, the patient’s pulse and breathing returned. Paramedics transported the patient to the hospital in serious condition, the news release said.
Later that day, Fair went to the hospital to follow up with the patient who was now alert and talking about the event.
After St. Pete Fire & Rescue spoke to the patient’s wife today, it was made known that this is the second cardiac arrest event for her husband.
Seven years ago, her husband went into cardiac arrest and his wife, then a nurse, did the initial CPR. SPFR responded to the patients home, defibrillated the patient, saving his life at that time as well, the news release said.