Archive for January, 2014

Doctor Saves Elderly at YMCA

Posted by cocreator on January 31, 2014
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It’s not often a doctor who specializes in skin diseases is called upon to rescue someone with a stalled heart.


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But when a man collapsed at the Stephens Family YMCA late Sunday afternoon, Christie Clinic dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Youse swung into action for all his one year of advanced cardiac life support training was worth.

“My year of training that I thought I would never use came in pretty handy,” he said Tuesday.

Jeremy Youse the Saviour

Jeremy Youse the Saviour

Youse said he was at the YMCA exercising when he heard a commotion across the room and someone called out, “we need a doctor.”

“It felt very much like a primetime drama,” he said.

Youse said he went right into doctor mode, and found a man who appeared to be about 75 or 80 years old who looked like he’d passed out or fallen. His heart wasn’t beating, he wasn’t responsive, and when Youse checked his pulse, he found, “he was pulse-less.”

The man who collapsed was identified by YMCA CEO Mark Johnson as Dave Sutton, a YMCA member.

Sutton was in critical condition at Carle Foundation Hospital Tuesday.

Youse said he started doing chest compressions on Sutton, then CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and then used the YMCA’s automatic external defibrillator, a portable device used to diagnose life threatening heart arrhythmias and administer an electrical shock to the heart, if necessary.

Three other health care providers were also at the YMCA exercising and soon all four were hovered around Sutton, Youse said.

One of them, Laurie Lee, a physician assistant with Kirby Medical Group in Atwood, said the patient appeared to have fallen from a treadmill and most likely a deficiency of oxygen to the heart sent him down.

She called for the defibrillator device, “and we got it on him in seconds,” she said.

“After we shocked the guy, he woke up,” Youse said.

Sutton was down for less than four minutes, but before he left on the ambulance, he was talking, Youse said.

“He seemed a little sore, a little bit groggy, but he was coherent,” Youse said.

Johnson said the YMCA has had four AED machines, “fortunately one near the treadmills,” since it opened, and the staff is trained how to use them.

He wasn’t there when Sutton collapsed, Johnson said, but he is so proud of how everyone swung into action and worked together to help rescue him.

“We kind of pride ourselves here on being a community,” he said.

Youse said what he hopes others might take away from this is how important a little CPR training is for everyone.

Youse took his advanced cardiac life support training back during his internship at Mayo Clinic. But he learned those automatic external defibrillator machines in public places are so simple to use, about anybody could follow the instructions to help save a life.

“It’s completely autopilot,” Youse said. “They are idiot-proof.”

But he urges everyone to spend at least 10 or 15 minutes understanding the basics of CPR.

“Even if there are not doctors there, if people have a little bit of CPR training, if there are those AED machines there, they could do the same thing,” he said.

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Bystander Saves Young Mother of 2 after Lightning Strike

Posted by cocreator on January 31, 2014
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A STRANGER who gave CPR to a woman after she was hit by lightning said the pair have struck a life-long bond.

Simone Newman, 27, of Macedon, was struck by a lightning bolt on the top of her head and left lifeless for 20 minutes at Cairn Curran reservoir two weeks ago.

Mandy Herd, of Maryborough, was in her car at the time and ran to the bank of the water to give Simone CPR.

Simone spent almost a week in hospital before making a special visit to meet up with the woman who helped save her.

Ms Herd described their reunion as surreal.

She said it was an extremely emotional catch up.

“It was just a wonderful experience to be able to meet someone after that,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to spend time with her was like catching up with a long lost friend.”

Ms Herd said Simone, a mother of two, didn’t know what to say when they first met.

“She was basically a little bit speechless. I think she couldn’t quite put it into words. But she couldn’t be thankful enough.”

She said Simone has made an incredible recovery in the days since being struck by lightning.

“She was in great spirits,” she said.

“It was good seeing her looking really well. It’s amazing it was not long ago at all and she’s looking so much better already. She’s still recovering.”

She said the pair had already formed a strong bond.

“There are no words that could possibly describe how each of us were feeling, it was very heartfelt.

“It’s a special bond that has been forged that will last forever between us all.

“We most certainly will be staying in touch.”

Simone’s partner’s father Paul West said he was extremely grateful for the assistance that Ms Herd gave at the time.

He said she had instructed him to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as the pair worked for 20 minutes before Simone showed signs of life.

“Mandy took over and did a great job,” he said.

“We were lucky she was there. It was just one of those things. We were probably blessed that everything fell into place.”

Simone was in intensive care at Bendigo Health and was in a stable condition before her release.

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Mailman Saves Elderly outside Home

Posted by cocreator on January 31, 2014
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When survivor met savior here Friday, the reunion started with a handshake, a hug and a wisecrack.

Rick Hendrickson the Survivor & Jake Craik the Saviour

Rick Hendrickson the Survivor & Jake Craik the Saviour

“So, you’re the man who busted me up,” Rick Hendrickson said with a chuckle as he greeted lifesaver Jake Craik at his Oak Street home.

Hendrickson was referring to his sternum and three ribs that were broken when Craik performed CPR on the 66-year-old on Jan. 11. Clutching a heart-shaped pillow, Hendrickson quickly added that the chest compressions that broke his bones also likely saved his life.

“I’m thankful you did break my ribs because there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be here if you hadn’t,” Hendrickson said. “I owe my life to you. That’s no small thing.”

Craik, 29, said Hendrickson wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse when he arrived on the scene that Saturday afternoon. But his training taught him to do chest compressions anyway, “so I decided to do it until someone more qualified showed up.”

The Oslo ambulance was at the scene within five minutes of the emergency call placed by Craik, who was delivering mail on the block when Hendrickson went down on his sidewalk. He was whisked to Altru in Grand Forks, where he stayed for 11 days before his return home.

Craik and Hendrickson also marveled at the set of circumstances that put the CPR-trained mail carrier at the home at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. For one thing, Craik delivers mail only one day every two weeks. For another, he was ahead of schedule that day.

They went even further back to a year ago, when Craik took the CRP class. “(Wife) Mallory and I decided I should do it in case anything happened to our two boys, who are both under 2 years old,” Craik said.

“I said then that I didn’t think I’d ever have to use it. But I did and it worked out well.”

Hendrickson was born and raised in Oslo and has spent all but about 10 of his 66 years here. Most of his working career was as a civilian employee at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. His job now is being a grandfather to nine. Photos and artwork of the grandchildren adorn every wall on his home’s first floor.

The Craiks live in Warren, Minn., 17 miles to the east.

As Mallory and Jake left for home, Hendrickson had one final comment with a different tone than his lighthearted opening remark. “Thank you from the bottom of my life,” he said.

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Coach & Doctor Save Teen during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on January 30, 2014
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John Roberge knows he was close to losing his son.


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“Friday night we weren’t sure what to expect because he was non-responsive to any commands,” said Roberge. “To think you’re never going to see your son again, it’s the worst feeling ever.”

His son Chris, a sophomore at Lebanon High School in New Hampshire, had just sat on the bench during the second quarter of a basketball game at Hopkinton, N.H.

“He just got done playing, scored four points, was probably excited, sat down, and he passed out on a friend,” said Roberge.

Coaches and parents didn’t skip a beat. Chris was having a heart attack.

Dan Meserve, the athletic director at Hopkinton High, did CPR while a parent who happens to be a surgeon grabbed the emergency defibrillator in the hallway.

“We actually had to shock him twice,” said Meserve.

It was a team effort that would save the 15-year-old’s life.

“Somebody was doing rescue breaths, somebody was on the phone with 911, somebody was cutting his shirt off,” said Meserve.

Chris is now doing well.

He’ll have a defibrillator placed in his chest on Wednesday. He could be back to school next week.

He should be able to resume a normal teenage life, but no contact sports.

“They saved my son,” said his father. “He died and they brought him back to life.

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Family, Cops & Medics Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on January 29, 2014
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Marty Burley came awfully close to death on Oct. 10.

Marty Burley the Survivor

Marty Burley the Survivor

The Apple Valley resident says he owes his life to those who sprang into action when he went into cardiac arrest – and lost consciousness – that frightful day last fall.

“I shouldn’t be here,” he said bluntly. “I did not have a pulse for 28 minutes.”

Emergency workers and family members who played a role in saving Burley’s life were recognized in a ceremony Jan. 9 at the Apple Valley City Council meeting.

Ten people in all received the Allina Lifesaver Award. They were: Burley’s girlfriend Karen Mataya and her daughter Hannah Wilhelm; dispatcher Stacie Theis; Apple Valley Police Sgt. Greg Dahlstrom and Officer Joel Horazuk; Apple Valley Fire Capt. Matt Nelson and firefighters Andy Tindell and Joe Landru; and Allina paramedics Brian Nagel and Andrew Rinerson.

“This is a really good day,” Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland said at the meeting. “Everyone acted as they were trained to do. They went above and beyond, and Marty’s here with us today.”

According to an account of the incident provided by Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson, emergency personnel were dispatched to Burley’s home at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, on a report of a man experiencing chest pain.

While they were en route, Mataya and Wilhelm began CPR with instructions provided over the phone from Dakota Communications Center dispatch.

Apple Valley police arrived first on the scene and took over lifesaving procedures using a defibrillator. The fire crew and Allina paramedics were next to arrive, and Burley, who eventually regained a pulse, was transported to the hospital.

“With that, he is alive and well,” Thompson said, noting that Burley suffered no neurological damage in the incident.

Burley, who returned to work in November at his job at a Minneapolis graphics firm, continues to do cardiac rehab three times a week.

“Oct. 10 is now my second birthday,” said Burley, noting that his actual birthday is Oct. 2. “It’s going to be a good month next year.”

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