Archive for March, 2014

School Staff & PE Teacher Interviewee Save Student

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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IT WASN’T quite the test she was expecting when she was interviewed for a top job at a Hampshire school.


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But today a Hampshire schoolboy has her to thank for the fact he is alive – after he collapsed and suffered a heart attack on the sports hall floor.

PE teacher Emma Denham, below, was being observed taking a class as part of the interview process at Mountbatten School, in Romsey, when Sam Mangoro’s heart stopped, sending him into cardiac arrest.

Emma Denham the Saviour

Emma Denham the Saviour

But quick-thinking Emma, along with three other members of staff, ran to his aid and gave him life-saving CPR using a defibrillator that the school had only purchased a few months before.

It was their courage and ability to put their training into practice under such immense pressure, along with the fact that the school had a defibrillator, that saved the 16-yearold’s life say doctors.

Sam, below, was last night being slowly woken up from a medically induced coma, which he has been in since the incident on Thursday, but his parents are hopeful thanks to the teachers who gave him the best possible chance of making a full recovery.

His dad Michael told the Daily Echo: “We would like to thank every single member of staff from the school from the bottom of our hearts.

“They have given us our son back, because without them we wouldn’t have him.

“We are quietly optimistic because the critical thing was that the treatment he received at the school from the teachers was absolutely incredible and that’s given him every fighting chance.”

He added: “They did an absolutely amazing and wonderful thing under immense pressure and I am sure in what must have been a lot of fear.”

The drama happened on Thursday afternoon when Emma Denham was being observed by two other teachers – Jon Neale and deputy head Joanna Scott – as she took a class in the gym.

Just a few minutes in, after the children had warmed-up, Sam suddenly stopped breathing and collapsed.

Within seconds he was being given CPR by Emma, support staff and first aiders Lyn Lovell and Janet Barrett and assistant deputy head Mark Chance.

Mrs Scott immediately ran to get the defibrillator – which the school had only bought a matter of months before – and Mr Neale ran outside to direct the paramedics.

The teenager had to be shocked four times to restart his heart and the team were able to get him stable enough for paramedics to get him in an ambulance and to Southampton General Hospital.

Mrs Scott told the Daily Echo: “Everything just seemed to be in slow motion but we just did everything we possibly could. The other children were just amazing and were so sensible, all leaving the gymso we could work on Sam.

“We are all still very emotional about it, but at the time you don’t think. Autopilot just sets in and you get on with what you need to do.

“It is overwhelming to think about what we did but we were all part of a team that helped to save Sam’s life.

“What is important is that we get the message out there that every single school needs a defibrillator.”

Head teacher Heather McIlroy, below, soon received a call from one of the consultants treating Sam to praise her staff, who, he said, had saved the teenager’s life.

Mrs McIlroy, who told the Daily Echo that, regrettably, Miss Denham did not get the job despite her heroics, said: “It is nothing short of a miracle.

“The stars had truly aligned in Sam’s favour, because not only were there three teachers in the class who knew exactly what to do, we had only had the defibrillator for a matter of months.

“What makes me so proud as a head teacher is to have the paramedics and doctors say to me that it was the swift action of my teachers that saved his life.

“It is a wonderful story of having the right equipment and the trained staff who had the courage to take action.”

She added: “The entire school community is thinking about Sam and his parents and are looking forward to getting him back.”

Since his cardiac arrest, Sam’s parents, Michael and Lynda, who have three younger sons, have held a bedside vigil.

But they also took a short time out to go to the school on Friday to personally thank all of the staff who kept their son alive.

Michael, from Romsey, added: “We just wanted to show them our gratitude.

We will never be able to repay them for what they have done, they have been amazing because they are not medical professionals, yet they did this.

“Their actions have really given us the opportunity to hope.

“We are just thankful that luck was on his side on that day because he was in the right place at the right time, with people who were trained to know what to do.

“Had he being walking home from school alone, or if the school hadn’t had a defibrillator it could have been a lot different. It is incredible and we feel so fortunate for that.”

Sam, a bright pupil who is studying for his GCSE’s, was yesterday said to be slowly waking from the coma but his dad said that it was still early days.

But Sam has always been a fighter.

When he was just ten days old, he was left fighting for his life when a virus damaged his heart, causing him to need medication for the rest of his life.

Back then his parents were warned that he would need a heart transplant by the time he was ten, but Sam proved them wrong and this is the first time his condition has caused him to suffer a cardiac arrest.

As well as praise from doctors and paramedics, the teachers at Mountbatten School, who have already ordered two more defibrillators, have also been commended by the head of education at Hampshire County Council, Councillor Peter Edgar.

He said: “I wish Sam a safe and successful recovery and am delighted that one of our schools has been complimented by the health profession that they carried out correct life-saving procedures.

“The school should be congratulated for the action they took during what must have been very traumatic circumstances.”

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Bystander & Flight Attendant Save Woman on Plane

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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A woman on board a Delta flight from New York to San Diego fell unconscious on the plane when a passenger sprung into action to help.

Mitch Thrower, a local businessman in La Jolla, was on the flight returning to Lindbergh Field when he heard the flight attendant call for a doctor on board.

Thrower is no doctor but says he did not think twice and ran to the front of the first class cabin to help. He says an elderly woman was on the floor unconscious. A flight attendant was already assisting the woman.

“The first thing I did was some mouth-to-mouth to try and get her some air in her lungs while we’re doing compressions,” he said.

Thrower began performing CPR and chest compressions which he says he had just learned how to do from watching a video on YouTube.

Moments after they began resuscitative efforts, the woman regained consciousness.

“Yeah, so you could look down and as she was sort of coming to, her eyes were opening up and she had these bright blue eyes,” he said. “We were like, ‘Nana, can you hear us? Can you hear us?’ And then she nodded her head.”

Thrower said he must give most of the credit to the flight attendant, who is named Ryan Moore. He says Moore used an AED defibrillator on the woman, which likely played a role in her survival.

The plane was diverted to St. Louis where the woman was taken to an area hospital.

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Staff Save Star Ice Hockey Player during Game

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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Dallas Star forward Rich Peverley fell unconscious after collapsing on the bench at last night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Rich Peverley the Survivor

Rich Peverley the Survivor

When the 31-year-old fell unconscious his team mates frantically jumped off the bench and onto the ice while the game was going on to get attention.

Peverley was hurriedly carried into a tunnel where medics carried out chest compressions and defibrillated him as well as using electric shock electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart.

Peverley was stabilized, transported to a hospital and in good condition Monday night.

The Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player just six months removed from undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

‘When he dropped, it was red alert,’ Ruff said after the game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period.

‘Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.’

Stars forward Erik Cole tried to rush into the tunnel just after Peverley was carried through, only to be turned away.

He then gnawed at the thumb on one of his gloves while he waited for word on what the players would do next.

Sergei Gonchar stared blankly near fellow defenseman Trevor Daley, who was hunched over on the bench, wiping his face with a towel.

‘I was scared,’ Ruff said.

Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later.

Many in the hushed crowd lingered long after the postponement was announced ‘as a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency.’

The NHL didn’t say when the game would be rescheduled.

Peverley’s wife, Nathalie, accompanied him to a hospital, and the Stars essentially told the Blue Jackets they were not keen on finishing the game.

‘They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,’ John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio.

‘They were shaken to the core.’

Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.

He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington.

‘We monitor him closely for a different type of arrhythmia he has,’ said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospital.

‘He does have a pre-existing condition, and the condition – a normal quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart.’

Peverley sat out last week’s game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after last Monday’s game and couldn’t fly. He played in Dallas’ next two games before Monday.

‘There wasn’t any concern,’ Ruff said. ‘Our doctors have done a fabulous job monitoring the situation.’

In 62 games this season before Monday, Peverley had seven goals and 23 assists.

He was acquired last July from Boston with forward Tyler Seguin and defenseman Ryan Button for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

‘The first thing (Peverley) asked me was how much time was left in the first period,’ Ruff said.

The Stars went to the airport after the postponement, and even had a scheduled departure for St. Louis that was earlier than it would have been if the game was played. Dallas is scheduled to play the Blues on Tuesday night.

‘He’s going to be OK,’ Ruff said. ‘The care he’s getting and the care going forward is the most important thing.’

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Coaches Save Teen during Baseball Practise

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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A couple of coaches getting credit for not only developing young baseball talent–but saving the life of one of their players.


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The Thompson Valley High School coaches jumped into action when 14-year-old Tommy Lucero’s heart suddenly stopped Wednesday.

The baseball team was finishing up practice. Lucero was jogging when he collapsed in right field.

He was airlifted from McKee Medical Center in Loveland to Children’s Hospital in Aurora that night.

“He’s all boy. He’s got a heart of gold,” says Lucero’s mom, Julie Kruit.

The teen also has a heart with an undiagnosed defect.

“I started running at the right field line, then after that, I just blanked out. Next thing I knew, I woke up in here,” says Lucero, in his hospital bed.

“It was scary as could be,” says coach Chad Raabe, about seeing Lucero lying unresponsive as his teammates, and 16-year-old brother, surrounded him.

He started CPR, while Coach Jay Denning ran inside the school for a heart defibrillator.

“Coach Denning called 911. I tried to get his vitals: pulse, respiration and had nothing,” says Raabe.

He did compressions for four to six minutes, but never got a pulse. Then, an ambulance arrived and took over Lucero’s care.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare for something to happen to their child and you have no control. But these coaches had control,” says Kruit.

Doctors say Lucero’s family owes everything to the coaches and their training.

“We know what would have happened. He would not have made it. I can’t express enough gratitude that they’d taken the time to get trained,” says Kruit.

The freshman now prepares for open heart surgery to repair a rare abnormality that doesn’t present symptoms until a child is a teen while exercising.

“I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for them knowing what to do for me and saving my life like that,” he says.

His coaches have taught him a lot about baseball.

And they’ve taught his mom the importance of CPR.

“All of us can make a difference. You never know when you’re going to need that training,” says Kruit.

The teen won’t be pitching or catching baseballs for a while–so he admires a baseball the entire team signed for him instead.

“It means a lot that they’re always there for me as a team. They’ll always be there for me,” says Lucero.

On the field and off.

Lucero has open heart surgery Monday–which his mom says will give him the ability to live a normal life.

He’s hoping he can get back with the team before the season is over. Their first game is next week.

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Firefighter & YMCA Staff Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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This is the story of a small group of people who saved the life of a man who calls them his guardian angels:

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Last month Bill Tamaat was going about his day but something was different about the way he was feeling.

“Going down the interstate the pain still didn’t go away, so i pulled up behind the YMCA and I thought, ‘well I’ll sit here and take a couple Aspirins. I ate a power bar and I thought it may go away, but it still didn’t,” said Bill.

He kept feeling that pain in his chest and before he knew it, he was out.

Bill said, “They said ‘Bill how are you doing?’ I said not very well, and within a split second, I was on the floor.”

Bill’s heart stopped, and that’s when his hero’s came to the rescue. Volunteer firefighter Fred Dekeyser was at the YMCA’s Briargate Center that day. He said there’s no better reward than saving a life.

Similarly, Mary and Alycia, who both work at the YMCA didn’t think twice about helping out. This was Alycia’s first time using her CPR skills.

“I just thought about what I needed to do and then afterwards I thought about the fact that he is a friend, and I am truly grateful that he is still here,” said Alycia.

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