Archive for September, 2012

Students & Staff Save Man in University

Posted by cocreator on September 30, 2012
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Paramedics and the University of Ottawa are crediting quick-thinking bystanders and a public defibrillator for helping a young man who suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday afternoon.


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The 23-year-old was studying on the third floor of the university’s Montpetit Hall at about 2:15 p.m. when his heart stopped.

Other students, staff and campus safety officers rushed to help.

A student nearby used an emergency phone to call security, who called 911. Over the phone, an emergency dispatcher gave CPR instructions to the group.

A public defibrillator unit was then found in a nearby lab.

“They administered one shock and then one of our paramedics arrived on scene and administered another. They continued CPR and after a third shock was delivered he had a spontaneous return of pulse and was breathing on his own,” said paramedic superintendent Stephanie Logan.

“The students reacted very quickly,” she said. “He’s very, very lucky that they were so quick to respond and we are very hopeful that he is going to pull through.”

The man was taken to hospital in critical condition.

“I think it’s really neat there was no hesitation, that they saw someone in need,” said student Geoff Winchester. “It could have been a stranger or could have been a friend, but they did not hesitate.”

Logan said this latest episode underscores the value of defibrillators in public areas. Hundreds of the units have been put up throughout Ottawa. Logan said 11 people have survived medical emergencies after public defibrillators were used.

A university spokesperson said Tuesday that the school is proud of everyone who helped.

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Cops, Firefighter & Nurse Save Grandfather in School

Posted by cocreator on September 27, 2012
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Peter Clarke, 61, originally from Oldcastle, Co. Meath, was dropping his granddaughters off at Trinity Regional School in East Northport shortly after 8:30 a.m. when he suddenly began to feel queasy close to the main foyer of the entrance.


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“I just didn’t feel good for five seconds,” the Smithtown resident told the Irish Voice.

Clarke then collapsed onto the floor. But in a fortunate twist of fate, he was soon surrounded by emergency personnel.

Two off-duty police officers, an off-duty firefighter and a school nurse were on hand to treat Clarke. In another stroke of luck, a defibrillator was hanging within arm’s reach of where Clarke collapsed.

“Without that defibrillator I was dead,” Clarke said.

Northport Police Officer Pete Howard explained to the Irish Voice how the crisis unfolded as he dropped his 4-year-old daughter off at school.

“There were 20 or 30 parents there; it was pretty crowded as I walked by the main desk,” he recalled.

“A minute later from the corner of my eye I see this older gentleman fall flat forward on his face. Out of instinct I ran over there,” said Howard, who has been a member of the Northport Police Department for 16 years.

Acting on instinct, Howard turned Clarke on his back to open his airways, and immediately recognized the grandfather.

“I screamed for someone to call 911 and asked for an AED,” Howard recalls.

School nurse Kathy Schildhorn, MTA Police Lieutenant Alex Lindsay and Greenlawn Fire Department advanced life support (ALS) provider Mario Geddes were on hand to assist.

“We knew he was in cardiac arrest right away,” said Howard.

The team of medical personnel worked on Clarke, shocking him three times in attempts to restart his heart.

“After the third shock he opened his eyes and asked what happened,” recalls Howard.

Clarke, who blacked out, recalls little of the drama. “I remember I saw black, like a tunnel, not any of that white crap, and next thing I was gone,” he said.

“When I woke up I asked what happened and I recognized Pete Howard,” the grandfather recalls.

Clarke had to ignore his instincts to get up when he was instructed to remain still until the ambulance arrived.

“The Irish are very stubborn and I am not good with doctors,” said Clarke, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1972.

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Father Saves Son during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on September 03, 2012
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Xhosa Fray-Chinn didn’t know he suffered from a heart condition until he collapsed while playing basketball in a summer league at Avalon Middle School in July.


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“I don’t remember anything. It was just a blank day for me,” said Fray-Chinn.

Fray-Chinn, who just graduated from Timber Creek High School in May, stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and is a natural on the court.

“I’ve just grown to love it since I was young,” said Fray-Chinn.

When he collapsed, his father began CPR while someone else grabbed the automated external defibrillator from the gym.

“This was the perfect resuscitation effort, the perfect coordination of people working fast and efficiently,” said Florida Hospital pediatric cardiologist Dr. Augustin Ramos.

“It was indeed a blessing. It was just an incredible occurrence the way things happened to save him,” said Vernon Chinn.

The AED that saved Fray-Chinn’s life was donated to the middle school by a mother who lost her son in 2004.

Martha Lopez-Anderson founded Saving Young Hearts two years after her 10-year-old son Sean went into sudden cardiac arrest.

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Doctor Save Passenger on Plane

Posted by cocreator on September 03, 2012
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Dr. DeCarlo Noble certainly has a noble job. He has been delivering babies as an OB-GYN in Denton for the more than a decade.

DeCarlo Noble the Saviour

But Friday night, Dr. Noble did one of the noblest things a man can do; he saved a life in an unexpected place.

He, his wife and three daughters were on board an American Eagle flight back to DFW Airport from Florida where they had taken a family vacation. Dr. Noble was settling into his seat, getting ready to nap, when he heard a panicked passenger screaming, “Dad, are you alright? Dad!” But when the passenger slumped over, Dr. Noble knew something was seriously wrong.

“That’s when I realized this guy is probably having a heart attack,” he said.

He jumped into action. With the help of another passenger, Dr. Noble put the sick man onto the walkway of the plane.

“The first thing I did was check his pulse and he had no pulse so I immediately started CPR,” he said.

He began performing chest compressions and giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation while another passenger assisted him by keep the patient’s jaw forward to open his airway.

By this time, the pilot was turning the plane around.

A flight attendant brought over an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, which is something every American Airlines and American Eagle plane carries. He shocked the patient once and the stricken man started to breathe again.

“So we stopped and kind of watched him. But then he flat-lined again so I went right back to chest compressions and mouth resuscitation,” Dr. Noble said.
The doctor performed a total of 3 shocks to the patient with the AED. Dr. Noble said it took about 8 minutes for the plane to taxi back to the terminal.

“If no one would have performed CPR on this man, he wouldn’t have made it,” he said.

By the time the plane returned to the terminal, an ambulance was waiting. Flight attendants opened the emergency hatch and Dr. Noble stepped onto the wing. The patient, now breathing on his own, was put on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance.

“I felt like I could run a mile after that! I mean, my adrenaline was pumped,” he said.

The pilot and other passengers thanked him for helping to save the man’s life. Meanwhile, his wife and daughter’s looked him incredulously.

“My family, when they came out, they were just totally shocked. They’ve just never seen me do anything like that,” he said.

The doctor’s glasses fell onto the patient and were taken to the hospital with him. They were later returned

“The officer told me that they had found my glasses. He mentioned that the family was grateful,” said Dr. Noble.

Before this, Dr. Noble was simply “dad” to his daughters. Now, he’s much more.

“They are teasing me now, walking about the house calling me ‘hero,'” he said. “I just thank God I was able to help.”

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