Archive for February, 2014

Coach & Teachers Save Grandfather Spectator at Granddaughter Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 24, 2014
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A heart attack lasts just minutes, but it was the hours before the game at Anderson Elementary Tuesday night that saved the life of a Sand Springs grandfather.


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At a fourth-grade basketball game on Tuesday night, a man watching his granddaughter play had a heart attack.

Witnesses said what happened next is all thanks to God’s timing.

When minutes mattered at an Anderson Elementary basketball game the staff was ready.

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“You saved a life. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s really hit home yet or anything,” basketball coach Harold Dotson said. “It’s just, with the training that we had fresh in our mind, it just kicked in, so we just did what we had to do.”

Coincidentally, on Monday Seven Anderson teachers including Dotson, learned CPR.

On Tuesday, the school got its first defibrillator.

“We put that over here in case of some kind of emergency like that, which, you never thought you would use it in any case,” Dotson said.

That night, as the game got underway, a Sand Springs grandfather in the stands started slumping over.

“So I ran over kind of to see what was going on, and they mentioned they thought he was having a seizure,” teacher Athena Martin said.

A teacher grabbed the defibrillator and Dotson jumped into action.

“The training just kicked in and we got him flat down on the bleachers,” Dotson said. “His breathing stopped, so I started administering CPR. … With the Lord’s help, we got him going.”

P.E. Teacher Susan Croston was inspired by a former colleague to get a defibrillator in the school.

“We had a counselor here that passed away last summer. Her name was Catie McGoldrick,” Croston said.

McGoldrick died of cancer, but she was concerned about her heart.

“She had a serious heart condition and she always said, ‘If my heart goes out of rhythm, I’m in trouble.’ And ever since I first met her eight or 10 years ago, I knew we needed to get an AED here at school,” Croston said.

Superintendent Brett Banker says they got their defibrillator just in time and other schools shouldn’t hesitate to do the same.

“Find it in your budget to get one, they’re obviously worth anything you pay for it,” he said.

First responders say that the staff’s CPR training and use of the defibrillator saved the man’s life.

That grandfather suffered a massive heart attack, but he is doing fine now.

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Aunt & Bystanders Save Infant on Highway

Posted by cocreator on February 24, 2014
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Drivers on a Miami highway have come to the rescue of a woman who sprang from her car holding a baby who had turned blue.

Pamela Rauseo the Saviour

Pamela Rauseo the Saviour

The woman, Pamela Rauseo, was caring for her nephew, a five-month-old baby, when she noticed he was unwell.

She leapt out of her car and cried for help among drivers stuck in traffic on the busy road.

“My sister had trusted me with him,” Ms Rauseo, 37, was quoted as saying in the Miami Herald.

Several people stopped to help, starting CPR on baby Sebastian.

A Miami Herald photographer, Al Diaz, ran along cars to look for help, and found a policeman in a patrol car.

The officer ran over and took over CPR.

Eventually, he and others got the baby breathing again, until emergency workers arrived.

The baby survived and is reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.

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Bystander & Staff Save Man at Supermarket

Posted by cocreator on February 22, 2014
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A North Wildwood resident went to the Rio Grande ShopRite on Saturday for a hoagie, but he got a lot more than that.


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Brown was ordering sandwiches at the supermarket’s luncheonette at about noon when he heard a woman scream. The off-duty EMT looked around the corner and saw a man collapsed on the ground. A moment later, a page for the store’s medical team went out over the intercom.

Brown rushed to the man and told the medical team he is an EMT. He felt for the man’s pulse and, noticing there was none, initiated CPR. At the same time, he directed ShopRite staff to grab the store’s automated external defibrilator.

Once the device had charged, the staff applied its paddles to the man but it said not to administer a shock. Brown resumed CPR, and less than a minute later the man began breathing.

By the time EMTs arrived, the man had awoken and was speaking. He was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center.

Brown has spent about 15 years as an EMT for the Wildwood Crest Rescue Squad and the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department. He said he has about a half-dozen saves in that time.

Despite his heroism, Brown credited the ShopRite staff, saying he was simply in the right place at the right time.

“Everything went book-wise, the way it should have gone,” he said. “Whoever does their training at ShopRite, their people did a marvelous job.”

Brown said he did not know the man’s name and Middle Township police were unable to release his identity Wednesday night.

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Family Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on February 22, 2014
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While on a business trip in January, Brigette Bell was eating dinner out when she saw a woman crumple to the floor in the dining room. A table conversation about CPR ensued.

Brigette Bell & Harry the Saviours with Eric Bell the Survivor

Brigette Bell & Harry the Saviours with Eric Bell the Survivor

“I remember someone saying, ‘No mouth-to-mouth. You just get on their chest and you don’t stop compressions,’” Brigette said.

She didn’t know how important that advice would be just one week later, when she and her teenage son would save her husband’s life with Hands-Only CPR.

Eric Bell, 50, a commercial realtor and father of four, is in good physical shape with normal blood pressure. Though his cholesterol level tends to run high, he has no family history of heart disease and swims regularly.

However, on January 13, 2014, a heart attack left him unconscious in the foyer of his Elmhurst home. He swam earlier that day, and felt some tightness in his chest and slight weakness in his arms that night.

“I just thought I was out of shape,” Eric said.

Just before 10 p.m. that night, Eric said he started to feel “different.” He told Brigette he wanted to go to the hospital. The last thing Eric remembers from that day is walking down the stairs.

Eric had a blockage in one of the arteries in his heart, said Anand Ramanathan, MD, a cardiologist at Edward Heart Hospital and Midwest Heart-Advocate Medical Group. Dr. Ramanathan was on call the night Eric was rushed to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

At some point during the day of the heart attack, the tissue in his artery ruptured. Eric’s blood formed a clot around some plaque that broke loose, and the clot likely blocked Eric’s artery, Dr. Ramanathan said. His heart stopped. Immediately after Eric fell, Brigette and the couple’s son, Harry, rolled Eric onto his back. Harry, who had learned CPR in school, began chest compressions.

“I was a little freaked out to see him face-first on the ground,” said Harry, 17, a high school junior. “I wasn’t 100 percent sure what to do. Then everything kicked in.”

Brigette dialed 911. “It’s very hard to keep your composure to dial three digits,” she said.

Harry continued compressions for about five minutes, then indicated he was losing strength. Brigette took over and Harry grabbed the phone. The 911 dispatcher counted out the compressions.

“I thought we were failing miserably,” Brigette said. She watched her husband turn blue. “I was starting to panic,” she said. “As a mother and a wife, I looked up at my kids and I thought, ‘They cannot lose their father.’ I thought, ‘I don’t want to leave anything on the table. I’m going to pump until I have nothing left.’”

But Brigette and Harry were not failing. The compressions they administered kept Eric’s blood moving, delivering life-saving oxygen to his brain. Within minutes, an emergency crew arrived and started Eric’s heart with a defibrillator. They rushed him to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Ramanathan performed emergency surgery to insert a stent.

Without the Hands-Only CPR he received, Eric would likely have died, according to Dr. Ramanathan.

“The CPR kept him alive until help got there,” Dr. Ramanathan said. “The hospital intervention was after the fact, frankly. The main reason he’s alive today is because of the CPR he received at home.”

Eric recovered from the incident with no brain or heart muscle damage, Dr. Ramanathan added.

“He’s made a full recovery,” said Lawrence Barr, MD, a cardiologist at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital who has followed up on Eric’s care. “His heart muscle looks normal. I think the moral of the story is: people need to learn CPR. Just plain old CPR.”

Eric’s heart attack has motivated Brigette and Eric to adopt a healthier lifestyle as a family, moving toward a more plant-based diet and keeping their cholesterol in check.

“We all think we’re invincible,” Eric said, who added that diet and exercise alone weren’t enough to prevent his heart attack. If you need medication to keep your heart stats in check, take it, he said. “I think you’ve got to do everything.”

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Neighbours Save Toddler from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on February 22, 2014
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Two neighbors received awards for rushing to save a child on Christmas Day. The child’s father reportedly tried to drown her in a Kailua backyard swimming pool.

Joelryne and Tino Geronimo received Civilian Certificates of Merit at the Honolulu Police Department Quarter Awards Ceremony.

Police say the couple was home when they heard splashing in their neighbor’s backyard.

Neighbors identified the man as 36-year-old Thomas Morton. His child was two years old.

Police say when the Geronimos looked over the fence, they noticed the child motionless in a swimming pool and Morton at the bottom. The couple pulled the child out. The two-year-old keiki survived, but her father did not.

“They quickly went into the neighbors yard where Tino jumped into the pool and the child was pulled out,” said Capt. Dagan Tsuchida of the Honolulu Police Department. “He and his wife began CPR and were able to revive the child.”

Geronimo jumped back into pool and grabbed the father from the bottom of pool. Another neighbor tried to revive him with CPR before he was rushed to the hospital.

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