Archive for September, 2013

Nurse Save Soccer Player after Ball Hit Chest

Posted by cocreator on September 30, 2013
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A football player owes his life to a spectator.

Mark Martin the Saviour

Mark Martin the Saviour

Lee Orton collapsed with a heart attack as the new Huddersfield District League season kicked off this week.

As his heart stopped for several minutes he was saved by a former nurse, who happened to be watching the game.

“I’m just so glad I was able to help,” said modest hero Mark Martin, who was helped by Aimbry player Simon West.

Mr Martin, 52, carried out cardiac massage on the stricken player for more than 10 minutes in a bid to keep the blood flowing, before Lee was resuscitated by rapid response paramedics armed with a defibrillator.

Last night, 30-year-old Lee was on the mend in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Lee Orton the Survivor

Lee Orton the Survivor

The man who saved him had gone to watch his two sons, Andrew and Chris, play for Brook Motors at Aimbry’s Bradley Mills home.

Lee was playing in the Aimbry side after being given the all-clear by doctors, having had treatment for previous heart problems.

But he collapsed after 25 minutes of the game. He was hit in the chest by the ball and went down.

Mr Martin said: “It was Chris who realised the lad was in trouble and I saw he wasn’t breathing well. I went across while someone phoned for an ambulance and realised his heart had stopped.

“Thinking back it was a frightening moment but the adrenaline kicked in and I began heart massage.

“It seemed to go on for ages and someone said it was at least 10 minutes before the paramedics arrived.

“They immediately got out an ECG machine and it showed the lad had no heartbeat, but they shocked him once with the defibrillator and he came round.

“Before they took him away he was able to talk and I’m just glad I was there to help.”

Mr Martin works as a builder alongside son Chris, but spent years working as a practice nurse in Skelmanthorpe.

He lives in Emley with wife Christina and is an experienced triathlete.

And he hopes the drama of Wednesday night will prompt others involved in sport to consider getting basic CPR training.

Aimbry secretary Conway Shaw, said: “It was very frightening. Lee was struggling to breathe and was obviously in a bad way.

“They got Lee into the recovery position and then on his back. They made sure his tongue was clear of his throat and then began CPR.They were really working hard on his chest to try and keep him breathing.

“Someone had called for an ambulance and we were lucky that the game was at Barr Street in Bradley Mills, where the ambulance was able to drive straight on to the pitch.”

He said Lee had suffered from heart problems in the past but had been under treatment and the doctors said he was fine to resume playing.
“It was a really frightening situation, almost like the Fabrice Muamba situation when he was playing for Bolton Wanderers at Tottenham, Hotspur, and had a heart attack.

“It stresses how vital it is to have people with first-aid knowledge at games.”

Brook Motors’ secretary Trevor Smeaton said: “We are glad the lad seems to be okay.

“Mark has had nursing experience through his work in the past and knew exactly what to do.

“Mark worked really hard to keep the lad breathing by massaging his heart to keep it going.”

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Staff Save Elderly Hockey Player in Rink

Posted by cocreator on September 30, 2013
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Staff at a west-end hockey arena made the save of the night when a hockey player in his 60s collapsed on the ice and stopped breathing.


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Two rink employees immediately sprang into action and ended up bringing him back to life Monday night.

Dany Revelle, 27, and Bartley Blair, 36, were on duty at Canlan Ice Sports on Martin Grove Rd. when someone alerted them to a player who had hit the ice and wasn’t breathing.

Dany Revelle and Bartley Blair the Saviours

Dany Revelle and Bartley Blair the Saviours

Grabbing an automatic external defibrillator (AED) from the hallway, the two sprinted towards the rink.

“When we got to him, he was purple,” Revelle recalled Thursday. “He was dead.”

Blair began chest compressions as Revelle started defibrillation. The first shock “pretty much lifted him straight off the ground” as the player gasped for air.

“Right from a movie, arms shaking and everything,” Revelle said.

As the man’s vital signs returned, paramedics and firefighters arrived and transported him to hospital.

That’s when the two men realized they had just saved someone’s life.

Blair and Revelle said their “phenomenal” training in CPR and using an AED enabled them to work as a team.

“We didn’t really have time to think about it, we just reacted,” Blair said. “We just did what you’re told to do.”

The incident prompted Revelle to buy two AEDs himself: One for his home and one for his parents.

At $1,100 a piece, he said they’re worth it.

Canlan spokesman Kevin Ball, 51, said the man, who suffered a heart attack, wants to remain anonymous.

Ball spoke with his family Wednesday night and confirmed the man is “doing well” and that family members “just want to thank these guys for saving his life.”

“His wife said no hockey for a while but I’ve said to her maybe some light skating when he’s feeling up to it,” Ball joked.

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Nurses Save Pro Golfer in Hotel

Posted by cocreator on September 30, 2013
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Golf legend Bernard Gallacher says he owes his life to a hotel having its own heart defibrillator.


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The ex-Ryder Cup captain had a massive coronary as he was about to give an after-dinner speech there.

Bernard, 64, also thanked the “incredible” medics who treated him, including three nurses who were in the room when he collapsed.

He also revealed his family, including Sky Sports host daughter Kirsty and son Jamie, slept on couches at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a week as they kept a bedside vigil.

The grandfather-of-two has been told he cannot drive for six months and should not play golf for four months “as a precaution”.

Bernard Gallacher the Survivor

Bernard Gallacher the Survivor

But he has no lasting effects from his brush with death and is expected to make a full recovery.

“Golf is off the menu for a while but considering I was dead a few weeks ago it’s amazing to know I’ll get back to a normal life soon,” he said.

“Anyway, it’s not too big a hardship. Winter is coming!”

Bernard said he was feeling well right up to his collapse at the Marcliffe Hotel on August 29.

He added: “I had no pain, no warning of what was coming. People said I suddenly collapsed. They said it looked like I’d been floored by a boxer.

“Three nurses gave me immediate help. The Marcliffe Hotel had a defibrillator on site which was incredibly lucky.

“If it hadn’t been there I wouldn’t be here. These people saved my life.”

Bernard was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where medics lowered his body temperature in a process called therapeutic hypothermia to save his brain from injury.

He had just been on holiday in Spain with wife Lesley and daughter Kirsty. They were still abroad when he collapsed and had to race by plane to get to his bedside.

The family waited five days for him to regain consciousness and feared they might have lost him.

But they were overjoyed when he slowly came round over three days.

Bernard said staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary had been “incredible” throughout and joked: “If you’re going to have a heart attack anywhere, have it in Aberdeen.”

He also said he and the family had been overwhelmed by the support they received.

Now back at home in London Bernard added: “Family, friends and even total strangers kept us going with their good wishes. My family in Scotland were a great help.

“People called the hospital and left messages of support. We also got sent loads of cards and flowers. It’s been very touching.”

He also received support from a host of celebrity pals including golfers Sam Torrance, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, among others.

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Cop Save Man on Soccer Field

Posted by cocreator on September 28, 2013
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With the use of this defibrillator device and some extra knowledge, officer Thelma Matthews saved the life of a 47-year-old man who had collapsed Sunday afternoon on a soccer field at Sac State.

“The machine shock[ed] the patient once. By the time he was hooked to a hard machine from the fire department, the patient thankfully had a heart rhythm,” Matthews said.

Officer Matthews doesn’t consider herself a hero.

“I did what needed to be done, my training kicked in and I took care of him the best that I could,” Matthews said.

The best she could was more than expected. Matthews spent several years training as an EMT.

“Nobody asked me to take any training. But, to me, working in the community for Sac State University we have so many medical calls. And I love medicine, it’s been my passion,” Matthews said.

She is a certified CPR instructor with the Red Cross, and she stresses the importance of everyone getting some training.

“I think it is important for everybody to know first aid skills we need to do. If we start CPR in less than ten minutes, the chances of surviving are increasing.”

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Cop Save Man at Airport

Posted by cocreator on September 28, 2013
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San Jose police officer Robert Dale went to O’Connor Hospital in San Jose to pay a visit to the man he gave CPR to Monday at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The man he saved is 43 year old Frank Nunez.


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On Monday at the airport Nunez heart stopped beating.

That’s when Dale sprang into action, grabbing a nearby automatic defibrillator.

“To my surprise it said shock. The patient and I thought his is the real deal. He needed a shock to get his heart started again, so I delivered a shock,” Dale said.

After the shock Dale gave Nunez CPR, then shocked him again until he regained consciousness.

Tuesday afternoon Nunez personally thanked the officer for saving his life.

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