Archive for December, 2013

Former Cop Save Teen at Ski Area

Posted by cocreator on December 31, 2013
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After a teen collapsed at Afton Alps ski area, a former deputy sprang into action to use the life-saving device that brought a pulse back to the boy long enough for him to get to an ambulance.


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Without the actions of a father skiing with his family, 17-year-old Dan Mannon might not be alive today. When he fell, he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse.

“I feel really fortunate that I was there,” Shane Linehan told Fox 9 News.

Linehan was taking his daughters skiing for the first time, and he is still beaming over how well they did on the slopes. Yet, their perfect day at Afton Alps was capped off by the save of a lifetime.

“He was on the ground, lying flat,” recalled General Manager Joe Yasis, who tool Fox 9 to the spot where Mannon collapsed at Linehan’s feet on Saturday afternoon. “Shane was giving CPR right there.”

Afton Alps has had portable defibrillators, known as AEDs, for about 10 years — but they’d never used one before Mannon needed it most.

“His body went limp, relaxed, and his eyes stayed fixed and open,” Linehan recalled. “His eyelids weren’t blinking. That was when I knew it was serious.”

So, Linehan jumped out of his skis and started CPR while calling for someone to grab an AED.

“Someone had come running into the office here and said someone was on the ground not breathing,” Yasis said. “I grabbed the AED that I have here in my office and ran out there.”

While the device was being retrieved, Linehan used his pocket knife to cut the teen’s shirt away so that the pads could be applied to his skin as soon as possible.

“You hit that [button], it analyzes — it talks to you, tells you to stand clear,” Yasis explained. “Then, it tells you whether a shock is advised or not advised. In this case, it was advised.”

Mannon’s pulse returned after the shock was delivered, but he still wasn’t breathing.

“I gave him a couple more breaths. I think I smacked him, yelled his name, and said that he needed to take a deep breath,” Linehan recalled. “All of a sudden, he started breathing on his own.”

Linehan, a former sheriff’s deputy, never had to save a life like that in his dozen years in law enforcement, and he admitted the rescue was, “pretty cool” in hindsight.

“It feels amazing,” Linehan said.

Yasis tells Fox 9 News Mannon is doing well in the hospital, and said everything seemed to line up tin the teen’s favor. It usually takes about 15 minutes for an ambulance to get to the slopes, but since one was already on its way for another situation, they diverted it to the teen and got him to the hospital quickly.

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Doctor & Restaurant Staff Save Mother of Two in Vehicle

Posted by cocreator on December 31, 2013
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A mother-of-two whose heart stopped as she was driving through a busy city centre was saved when a passer-by stepped in to give her CPR.

Joanne Durkin the Survivor

Joanne Durkin the Survivor

Joanne Durkin, 43, was driving through York City Centre when her heart stopped and she collapsed behind the wheel.

Staff from a nearby Turkish restaurant called Kapadokya saw the car roll to a stop and ran to the mother’s aid.

They then smashed a car window and pulled Mrs Durkin free from the vehicle.

A woman, believed to be from Liverpool who was Christmas shopping in the city, identified herself as a GP. She then performed heart massage until paramedics arrived.

Mrs Durkin said: ‘You really couldn’t make up what happened. It’s amazing that so many different factors came together that day to save my life.

‘I still feel tired, but I’m so thankful that everything is going to be okay. My guardian angel really must have been looking after me that day.’

Mrs Durkin has no recollection of the incident but she, husband Patrick, and sons Matthew, 18, and Daniel, 11, have thanked the heroic members of the public and the emergency services.

The mother was later diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome – an electrical disturbance to the heart and can cause death.

Mrs Durkin has been fitted with an implant with a built-in defibrillator which will restart her heart should this ever happen again, and she is on medication to help control her heart rate.

Mr Durkin, 51, said: ‘She was given a blast with the defibrillator and brought back round.

‘Her heart stopped again in the ambulance but they started her up again and got her to A&E. She was just so lucky that someone was there at the time to help her.

‘The car came to a stop with no damage. It’s miraculous really because obviously she just blacked out. She’s been unlucky, but there’s been so much luck involved it’s unbelievable.’

‘[Long QT Syndrome] can be classed as instant death syndrome which is quite a scary thing to think about.

‘Ten minutes later she would have been in the middle of nowhere on a much quieter road and it would have been a much different story.

‘She had just minutes to survive. It was just unbelieveable. She ran the marathon in October, she runs all over the place, she’s as fit as a fiddle.

‘I would have thought there would be more chance of Stonehenge falling over than Joanne falling over.’

Erdal Ozturkce, manager of Kapadokya, was one of the people who helped Joanne at the scene, and was amazed to find out she was well and at home for Christmas.

He said: ‘Her face changed colour when her heart stopped and we thought she was dead. I’m really very happy she’s okay, it’s really good to hear.

‘I’m really happy she’s alive, because we were really very upset. I didn’t know her at all, but she’s human and young, and it would be very sad for someone to die at Christmas time.’

The mother is now launching an appeal to thank the GP who helped to save her life when her heart stopped while she was behind the wheel.

Speaking from their family home today, Mr Durkin said: ‘We just want to say thank you to them. I just want to share our gratitude which is endless, because they saved Joanne’s life.

‘You can’t do anything better than that for a fellow human being.’

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Doctor & Medics Save Young Actor during Theatre Play

Posted by cocreator on December 30, 2013
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It’s the iconic movie with an ogre and a ridiculously rambunctious donkey that leaves everyone laughing, but when Lawrence actor Jake Leet was playing the role in Shrek the Musical at Theatre Lawrence last weekend, things took a turn for the worst.

“I’m very, very, lucky to be alive,” Leet said.

20-year-old Leet fell while playing the part of the donkey, but what could have looked like it was part of the show was actually Leet going into cardiac arrest.

“People didn’t really think much of it at first because I had already fallen over like three times on the stage on my face,” Leet said.

However, when it became apparent to the other cast members that Leet was not acting, the theater was evacuated. Lucky for Jake there were medical personnel sitting in the audience who rushed to the stage, including Dr. Loree Cordova.

“When we got to him people were kind of immediately trying to take off his costume thinking that he had gotten over heated and at that time it was apparent that he wasn’t breathing,” Cordova said.

Leet did not have pulse and was not breathing so Cordova and the others who came up to the stage began doing basic life support.

“Including chest compressions and activating 911 and doing mouth-to-mouth to give him some oxygen, continued doing that until the ambulance got here,” Cordova said

Once the EMTS arrived and began using the Automated External Defibrillators on Leet. Cordova said it became apparent that he had ventricular fibrillation, which she explains is a lethal arrhythmia, and unless is shocked often times, is not survivable.

“Jake went into a cardiac arrest related to this arrhythmia or congenital disorder, which is an electrical conduction problem in his heart, it has a name called Wolf Parkinson’s White,” Cordova said.

Which Cordova said is a syndrome that people are born with that often times is not detected even through childhood. But without the AED, Leet may not be here to share his story, even tearing up for the first time since he got out of the hospital.

“I’ve been trying to be a jokester for everybody so that they won’t have to worry about me so much, but not everybody is as lucky as I was that night,” Leet said.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Save Elderly Man while Shopping

Posted by cocreator on December 30, 2013
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It was a true Christmas miracle.

Rudy Goop the Saviour

Rudy Goop the Saviour

A 72-year-old man who collapsed on the ground Monday and had no pulse while waiting in line at a Bronx cheese shop was brought back to life by an off-duty firefighter.

Lt. Rudy Goop from Engine Co. 46 was waiting with his son about 9:30 a.m. at an Arthur Ave. shop to buy fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheese for a big Christmas dinner. Then a blood-curdling scream pierced through the holiday bustle from outside the store.

The 24-year FDNY veteran raced outside and found Miguel Ingulli on the street while his wife wailed in panic.

“I realize the guy is having a heart attack so I started doing chest compressions,” Goop said.

The smoke eater worked on the Ingulli and instructed another cheese shop patron to call firefighters at Engine Co. 88 four blocks away.

“This guy was dead,” a source said of the victim, who was unresponsive and had turned blue.

Goop kept pressing on the man’s chest in a desperate attempt to keep him alive until help arrived.

“I could see the color in his face change. I was pumping the blood into his heart,” Goop said.

Firefighters from Engine Co. 88 arrived and shocked the man back to life with a defibrillator.

Ingulli was then rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.

The man who hours ago clutched his chest and crumbled to the pavement as death was creeping in is now alert and talking.

“I love him. I have to thank him,” he told The News from his hospital bed.

“He’s a nice guy. He saved my life. What can be better than this?”

Meanwhile, Goop, who was resting at his Orange County home before the holidays, said there was no guarantee CPR would work on the victim.

“Sometimes no matter how hard you try, the results don’t always turn out so good, but today it did,” said Goop. “It’s amazing that he came back.”

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School Staff Save Santa Claus

Posted by cocreator on December 27, 2013
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Christmas came to Osakis, Minnesota a week earlier than expected, when one morning at the school, came a clatter and Santa dashed through the halls.


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At the heart of this day, students and staff revived Santa Claus and saved Christmas along the way.

“He did pop into my room afterwards and did his ho-ho-ho and the kids were kind of – who is that?” said Kirsten Wessel, a health and physical education teacher at the school.

But teachers and students wouldn’t witness true Christmas magic until Santa left the classroom on that morning, around 10:30 a.m. on December 17th.

“I saw him hit the lockers and just slide down the lockers,” said Ariel Chalmers, a junior.

She saw Santa collapse and hit his head from her seat in Spanish class and ran to get the school nurse while fellow student Courtny Walter ran outside the school to get cell reception and called 911.

“I came around the corner and there was my Santa, except he wasn’t walking around anymore, he was laying there, he was purple,” said Wessel.

Everyone sprang to action. It was the first time Angie Baker had performed CPR in her 17 years as school nurse.

“I didn’t rip the Santa suit. I zipped off the jacket and threw the pillow across the floor and just started CPR. It was so obvious he was gone, with no breathing or pulse,” said Baker.

A third student knew to run and grab one of the school’s AEDs and in the seconds that followed, there was still no twinkle in Santa’s eye.

“It was a scary moment – it was really scary to see your husband lying there,” said Wessel.

Kirsten Wessel had encouraged her husband, Dan Wessel, to put on that suit. He’s entertained children as Santa in past years and last week visited the District’s pre-school and ECFE kids.

Wessel stood alongside Baker as she continued CPR on her husband, and Baker wasn’t going to let her spend Christmas as she known – as a widow.

“When my husband did pass away it was the day before Easter five years so to think of a holiday without,” said Baker.

“Her husband didn’t make it, but I am very fortunate and happy she could do that for mine,” said Kirsten Wessel, through tears.

Set aside any notions of make believe, because somehow this Santa survived his second cardiac arrest in a year.

This past May, Dan Wessel suffered a heart attack while umping a softball game in Wadena.

He was lucky enough to have three trained responders at the ballpark that day who managed to save his life through CPR. He now has a defibrillator implanted in his chest in case his heart stops again.

“That’s the most precious thing of all – the gift of life,” said Dan Wessel. “It all kind of comes together at once and you got to look at it and say ‘wow’ this truly is a Christmas miracle.”

After his first cardiac arrest surrounded by students, Osakis Public School trained more than 10 staff members in CPR as well as all the bus drivers. They now plan to install even more AEDs and plan more CPR training.

“I am so grateful the kids acted as fast as they could and knew what an AED was and where they were located,” said Baker. “Now those kids don’t have to think what their Christmas would be like without their Santa.”

Another young man with significant first responder training was also credited with assisting, and a recent Osakis graduate also showed up with the Osakis First Responders group.

“I don’t need any gifts, I got mine. Everything can wait. Food can wait, presents can wait. It’s really about being with people in life. I don’t know if that is what God intended but we definitely needed to have new perspective,” said Kirsten Wessel.

The Wessels’ have learned Santa’s helpers aren’t always dressed in red: they give without thinking and they persevere against all odds. And still if you had any doubt, Dan Wessel hopes you do believe, because the spirit of Christmas now lives in his heart.

“If there is any life lessons, with a good faith and with strong faith in yourself and the Lord you can conquer anything. I have proven that. That would be my wish for everyone, besides Merry Christmas,” said Dan Wessel.

He already plans on putting on his Santa suit next year.

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