Archive for December, 2012

Coaches & Students Save Referee at Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on December 27, 2012
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Westbrook High’s athletic trainer Anita Dixon was sitting with her four college interns, watching the waning minutes of the first half of the girls junior varsity contest between the Blue Blazes and the Falmouth Yachtsmen, when she was pressed into action.


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“A couple of them had made a comment that that guy, he doesn’t look very good,” stated Dixon. “Needless to say he collapsed later on.”

He was Larry Moreau, a longtime official of local sporting events ranging from basketball to soccer to softball, who apparently suffered a heart attack while working the game.

“We were behind the girls basketball bench and all of a sudden we heard a thud, and it was him that had hit the floor,” she recalled.

Dixon and her students rushed to Moreau’s side and assessed the situation.

“When we did first get to him he was unconscious, but he was breathing and had very weak pulse,” she explained. “Later on, he ended up not breathing, and we had to use the AED to shock him to get his heart back in rhythm.”

The automated external defibrillator, or AED, saved Moreau’s life. An ambulance crew arrived soon there after and transported him to Maine Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and is in satisfactory condition.

“My training staff did a wonderful job,” said first year Westbrook athletic director, Marc Sawyer. “It was as organized and precise as a tough situation can be.”

“I think it is important that we recognize that technology and expertise really saved the day yesterday,” he added. “I don’t think there is any question, without the AED last night, we might be having a little bit different conversation here today.”

Anita Dixon says she is not a hero for saving Moreau’s life.

“I am grateful that he is still here and it doesn’t matter what I did,” she said. “It is just that the guy is in stable condition and that we did what we needed to do in order for him to still be here.”

Sawyer met with student athletes from both schools to talk with them about the traumatic situation, and says they have already begun having discussions about planning a fundraiser to raise money to buy AED’s and generate awareness about the life-saving devices.

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Girlfriend, Firefighters & Paramedics Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on December 10, 2012
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Randy Stevens has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

On Nov. 8 Stevens, 51, was dead for at least 20 minutes, kept alive by CPR administered by his girlfriend, Lisa Wright, by Makakilo firefighters and finally by paramedic Shirley Ann Cazinha.

Randy Stevens the Survivor

The firefighters used a defibrillator three times to send dosages of electrical energy to Stevens’ heart to try to restart it while he lay on the floor of his second-floor Waiko Place bedroom.

When city Emergency Medical Services paramedic Cazinha and emergency medical technician Kaipo Hayashida arrived at the two-story Makakilo home after 11 p.m., Stevens’ skin was purple. He had no pulse and was not breathing.

Doctors later said he had suffered “a sudden death cardiac arrest.”

On Thanksgiving, Stevens met with Cazinha and Hayashida for the first time since his heart attack.

“I am very thankful,” Stevens told reporters. “I am very blessed.”

Cazinha, who has been a paramedic for nearly four years, said her heart dropped to her stomach when an EMS dispatcher told her and Hayashida by radio to respond to a “51-year-old male in cardiac arrest.”

“There were cars in the driveway,” Cazinha recalled. “We couldn’t get our gurney in, so we just went in.”

Cazinha said firefighters had already tried unsuccessfully three times to restart Steven’s heart with the defibrillator.

Even after shocking Steven’s heart two more times, Cazinha said, “there was no response.”

“There was nothing to indicate that his heart was operating.”

Cazinha said she continued to perform CPR on Stevens, shocking his heart for a sixth time while the ambulance was taking him and Wright to Pali Momi Medical Center.

“I kept pounding on his chest,” Cazinha said.

The sixth defibrillator shock resuscitated him.

“There was a nice rhythm.” Cazinha said. “There was good beating, good pulse. His color started coming back. He started to look pink again.”

At that point Stevens remembers waking up in the ambulance, hearing the siren and Wright telling him to wake up.

“I thought I was dreaming,” he said.

Cazinha said Stevens started talking at that point, saying, “I love you, baby.”

Cazinha said she called out to Wright, who was sitting in the front of the ambulance.

“He’s talking. She was crying. I was crying,” Cazinha said.

Wright, who was an EMT with Hawaii and Maui counties, added, “You never think this will happen to your own loved ones. When it happens to your loved one, it’s a different ballgame. I never thought it was going to happen to me.”

Also joining the group Thursday was Deputy Sheriff Bryan Marciel, a neighbor, who helped Wright administer CPR on Stevens.

Wright also credited another neighbor, Dr. Jonathan Paladino, a cardiologist, for his assistance Nov. 8.

Wright and Stevens said his heart attack shows how important it is to have “someone in every household learn CPR.”

“I am the living example,” said Stevens, who works as a property and land manager for Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Two of his seven teenage children are now CPR-qualified.

Stevens, who had just completed a physical examination and had no history of high blood pressure or cholesterol problems before his heart attack, now has an automatic internal cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest. Similar to a pacemaker, the device constantly monitors his heart rhythm and automatically administers shocks for various life-threatening arrhythmias.

Hayashida, who hopes to qualify as a city paramedic, had been working as an EMT for only two months when he and Cazinha responded to the emergency.

“His case was pretty unique,” said Hayashida. “This was first case he saw when a person came back from a cardiac arrest.”

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Staff & Bystanders Save Woman at Dog Show

Posted by cocreator on December 06, 2012
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A DEFIBRILLATOR and some quick-thinking bystanders helped save the life of a woman who collapsed at a Sunbury dog show.


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The woman in her 50s from NSW suffered a cardiac arrest at the Working Dog Club of Victoria’s annual show just before 9am on November 3.

Nicole Abdilla the Saviour

When shouts went out that a woman had collapsed, East Sunbury Sports Group secretary Nicole Abdilla grabbed the defibrillator and ran to help.

Mrs Abdilla gave cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the defibrillator with the help of bystanders until an ambulance came.

“Her pupils were dilated and she wasn’t breathing, so I started CPR,” Mrs Abdilla said.

She said the defibrillator gave two shocks to get a heart beat before the ambulance arrived.

Ambulance Victoria regional manager Simon Thomson said anyone who recognised a cardiac arrest, called 000 and gave CPR deserved the highest praise.

“Early CPR is a vital link in the chain of survival and can improve the chances of survival and quality of life,” he said.

“Accessible defibrillators in public places also help to save lives.”

The defibrillator at the sports club was donated by a Sunbury resident and is maintained by Sunbury initiative Defib Your Club for Life, which began after 19-year-old Stephen Buckman died at football training in 2010.

Stephen’s mother and initiative director Sue Buckman said she received a call on Saturday that the unit had been successfully used, the first case she knew of under the program in Sunbury.

“I sat there on Saturday and had a cry and thought it’s been able to save that family from what we have gone through,” she said.

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Nurse & Cops Save Driver after Crash

Posted by cocreator on December 06, 2012
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When a 50-year-old Grafton man started to have trouble breathing, a police officer didn’t hesitate: he grabbed a defibrillator.

officers responded to an accident at Grace Christian Reform Church on King Street East, where a pickup truck struck one of the brick pillars supporting a covered drive-through.

The driver started to have trouble breathing and a registered nurse and an off-duty court security officer began administering CPR. Within a minute, Cobourg police arrived.

“When the officers arrived on the scene, they recognized an AED was needed right away,” said Cobourg Police Constable Terry Stanley.

Const. Stanley said an officer immediately took an AED from the trunk of the cruiser and prepared it for use on the driver. The AED quickly delivered a shock and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was continued by police until fire and ambulance personnel arrived.

The man eventually began to breathe on his own and was transported to hospital by ambulance.

Const. Stanley said it’s the first time officers have had to use an AED since the Cobourg police placed AEDs in the trunks of all their cruisers. He added all officers are trained to use them.

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Staff Save Swimmer at Sports Centre

Posted by cocreator on December 05, 2012
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Oshawa staff at the Legends Centre used a defibrillator to try to save a man in distress last week.


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According to reports, the man was swimming at the Legends Centre on Nov. 1 when he suffered what’s believed to be a heart attack.

Oshawa staff at the pool rushed to his aid, including using a defibrillator to try to save his life.

Paramedics took over once they arrived and the man was taken to hospital.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry confirmed the incident and said staff did a great job. Mayor Henry said he doesn’t know the patient’s status.

“We trained for this type of thing and we hope we never have to do it, but if we have to do it’s nice to have trained people there,” he said.

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