Archive for October, 2013

Coach Saves Teen during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on October 31, 2013
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A 17-year-old basketball player collapsed during a game at Homestead High School on Wednesday night, July 17th, and trainers were able to save his life.

It happened during a big AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) tournament.

April Daniels is an athletic trainer from Cardinal Stritch, who, on Wednesday night was attending to the needs of the top Blue Chip athletes in the country.

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Daniels is constantly on point, waiting to be called into action, and it happened Wednesday night, during the tournament’s final game that day.

“Told me we had an athlete who had collapsed,” Daniels said.

The 17-year-old was on the floor, conscious yet unresponsive, and the situation became dire.

“He did have a faint pulse, but he had some pretty irregular breathing. Shortly thereafter he had no pulse,” Daniels said.

911 was called, and Daniels began CPR. Seconds later, training staff handed her an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, used during cardiac arrest.

“The machine can analyze the vicitm’s heart rate and determine whether a shock was necessary,” Daniels said.

The shock was necessary, so it was delivered to the teen’s chest, and his pulse came back, though it was still weak.

“We got through three series of CPR repetitions and emergency response teams had already arrived on scene,” Daniels said.

The teen was taken by emergency responders, and soon after, became coherent.

This was Daniels first time using an AED.

“You kind of hope that you never have to put that into action,” Daniels said.

On Thursday,s he was back helping athletes get ready for their next game, and said she is thankful Homestead High School had an AED on hand.

“Ultimately I think that was probably the deciding factor in the positive outcome that we had,” Daniels said.

The young man is still at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee. Daniels says he is recovering nicely, and it appears he will be okay.

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Colleagues Save Lifeguard at Waterpark

Posted by cocreator on October 30, 2013
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A single moment can change a life. Cassandra Price hopes the moment that changed hers will save others.

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Price, with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Installation Directorate Real Property Management office, was at work on July 1, 2013, when she experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. She received a phone call that her 21-year-old son Joshua was having a serious medical emergency.

“One of his friends called me and said (Joshua) wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. I honestly thought he had had an aneurysm. I never thought of a heart condition,” she recalled.

Price would later find out her son, a very healthy, athletic young man in the prime of his life, had experienced a sudden cardiac arrest. Unlike a heart attack, an SCA is an electrical problem in the heart leading to irregular heart rhythms that prevent the heart from pumping blood. The heart ceases and death occurs for 90 percent of victims, often within minutes.

Joshua was starting his shift as a lifeguard supervisor at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, that morning. He collapsed while talking with one of his lead lifeguards. Thanks to the quick response by Joshua’s colleagues and the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, he survived.

Almost losing a son to SCA, a leading cause of death in the United States, turned Price into an advocate for heart screenings, first aid training and access to AEDs. She has been sharing their story because she knows the information can save lives.

“Be aware of sudden cardiac arrest. If you don’t know how to do CPR, learn it. Know where the AEDs are at your workplace and learn how to use them,” she said.

Price said Joshua had experienced some of the symptoms, including faintness and shortness of breath after exertion, but her family always attributed them to something else. Had they gone to the doctor and sought testing, however, a doctor told them Joshua would have been put on a betablocker and probably would never have experienced a sudden cardiac arrest.

Even though they didn’t recognize the symptoms in time, Price hopes spreading the word and teaching others what to look for will make a difference for others.

“I just try to make sure people, especially with their kids, are aware of the symptoms. If you (notice symptoms), don’t dismiss them,” she said.

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Students & Nurses Save Teacher in College

Posted by cocreator on October 29, 2013
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Amy Hunter, a professor at Uintah Basin Applied Technology College in Roosevelt, Utah, keeps her students engaged. Good thing, too, because the quick-thinking students recently saved her life.

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Hunter, 36, has a congenital heart abnormality known as Ebstein’s malformation of the tricuspid valve. While Hunter was giving a lecture to her class, her heart stopped beating and she collapsed onto her desk. Students snapped into action, calling 911, alerting office staff to bring a defibrillator and bringing in students from an applied nursing class across the hall.

By a stroke of good luck, there were a half-dozen emergency medical technicians just a few doors from Hunter’s classroom, and they tried to stabilize her for transport to a nearby hospital.

Then her heart stopped. Medical technicians worked to clear her airway and shocked her with the defibrillator twice, finally restarting her heart.

“She died and they got her back,” Dr. Greg Staker, who helped work on Hunter, told Utah’s KSL. “The fact that someone started CPR on her had a huge impact in saving her life.”

Hunter’s prognosis was grim; her condition necessitated a medically induced coma and the use of a lung bypass machine. But she has steadily improved, although she remains in the hospital.

“If Amy would have been driving, or if Amy had been in her office, or if Amy had been anywhere else at that time,” her sister Jodi Reinhardt said, “she probably wouldn’t be here with us.”

Hunter now needs a heart transplant. Her friends and family have set up a website for donations to help defray the costs of the transplant.

“Amy is a true success story for all the doctors, nurses and support staff that have worked with her over the years,” says the donation website. “Her grit, determination and love for life will be the catalyst that will propel her to be entered in rodeos sooner rather than later with a brand new healthy heart.”

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Gym Staff Save Elderly Customer

Posted by cocreator on October 29, 2013
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Tom Ingui, 75, feels a little weak and has a black eye but he’s lucky he’s alive. Surveillance video shows Tom at the gym a few days ago, when he suddenly suffered a heart attack.

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“I just collapsed as you can see face first, chipped a tooth and I had a complete cardiac arrest. My heart stopped beating altogether,” said Tom.

“I was just moping and out of nowhere this guys just collapsed on me,” said Noel Basilides, the assistant manager at Anytime Fitness in Riverside.

Tom blacked out for about 9 minutes during that time, Noel and another gym member – jumped into action and saved Tom’s life.

“This guy was like foaming at his mouth. It’s weird, he was foaming at his mouth, but he wasn’t breathing. Nothing,” said Noel.

Noel performed CPR and then used a defibrillator to shock tom and re-start his heart. In the video you can see tom’s whole body lift off the ground.

“What’s really crazy is I took my AED, CPR class one week ago. Which is really crazy ok,” remarked Noel.

Another gym member, named Jesse, also helped to keep tom alive. “It was probably one of the scariest things I’ve ever witnessed in my life,” said Noel.

Tom is extremely grateful the two men saved his life, “They were amazing I found out later what they did and they really saved my life 032024 I have two new brothers. Actually sons because they’re very young guys,” he said.

Noel adds that a week ago he never would have thought he’d save someone’s life. Now he thinks every business should have an AED in case of emergencies.

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Father & Daughter Save Man at Lake

Posted by cocreator on October 25, 2013
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A Strathcona County man and his daughter are being called Heroes after saving a man’s life on a weekend fishing trip to Wabamun Lake on Oct. 5 and 6.

Andrea Harrison & Arjen De Vries the Saviours

Andrea Harrison & Arjen De Vries the Saviours

Arjen De Vries and his daughter, Andrea Harrison, were coming in from being out on the water when their fishing trip turned into a life saving mission. As De Vries was removing his boat from the water on Saturday, Oct. 5, his wife told him to call 911 because there was a man having a heart attack.

As employees of the Elk Island Catholic School system, De Vries and Harrison are trained in CPR. In fact, De Vries is a CPR instructor within the school system, although he had never had to use his training until that weekend.

“When I got there, there was a fellow that was on his knees beside someone that was laying on his back on the pier,” De Vries recalled. “He said to me ‘I think he’s OK now, because I’ve done some chest compressions and he seems to be OK.’ So I got down, I’m looking at this guy and I said, ‘No, he’s not OK.’ ”

De Vries and Harrison then took over, but having never performed CPR in a real life setting, De Vries mentioned there are certain things that it can be impossible to prepare for.

“Within basically the first compression or two, I broke the guy’s ribs,” he explained. “That’s something that personally I had to fight through and then with my daughter to kind of help her through that. When you’re pushing down on someone’s ribs and you feel their ribs breaking underneath your hand you go, ‘Oh dear god,’ and then you kind of have to remind yourself that, ‘Hey, that person is dead if you don’t keep doing this.’ ”

Not long into it Harrison and a local volunteer firefighter retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire hall. Upon placing the AED on the man’s chest, the reading showed that a shock was recommended. De Vries said it was this moment that he realized just how important it was that they had stepped in.

“They put the AED on and it said that a shock was advised,” he said. “In my mind, that qualified that everything that we were doing was correct, because if that AED says he needs a shock, that means his heart is in fibrillation. His heart is basically just twitching, for lack of a better term. It’s not pumping blood or anything anymore.”

They gave the man a shock and continued doing CPR until STARS Air Ambulance arrived. Although it took approximately 45 minutes from the time the first call was made to the time STARS arrived, De Vries said it felt like only a few seconds.

“If I had to tell you without knowing the time, I would say we were there five minutes,” De Vries said.

De Vries said he received a call from one of the man’s friends letting him know that he was recovering well. Despite being a life saver, De Vries said he wouldn’t call himself a hero.

“I really struggle with (being called a hero), I do,” he said. “I’d like to think that anybody who had the skills would have done the same thing.”

He noted that his wife, Barb, deserved to be recognized, as well, for encouraging him to act.

“I have to give my wife some credit there too, because I don’t know what I would have done, but my wife said ‘Arjen, you know what to do. Get over there and do it,’ ” De Vries said.

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