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Bystanders & Cops Save Driver at Wheel of School Bus

Posted by cocreator on September 26, 2011
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Matt Collins was on his way to a business meeting when he saw a school bus drift aimlessly through the intersection of Elm Grove and Bluemound roads just after 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.

“It appeared nobody was driving,” he said. “I got out and ran up to the bus and figured that I would jump in and stop it.”

When Collins threw open the door, however, he found the driver, a 65-year-old Milwaukee man, slumped over without a pulse and two special needs children aboard.

“I stopped the bus and threw it in park,” he said. “Another guy ran up behind me, and we pulled him out and started to administer CPR.”

An Elm Grove police officer was on the scene within minutes of receiving a 911 call, and used a defibrillator to shock the driver’s heart, Police Chief Jim Gage said.

Elm Grove paramedics arrived and took the bus driver to the Wheaton Franciscan Heart Hospital in Wauwatosa while police and bystanders stayed with the children aboard the bus.

“We just kind of tried to entertain them until someone showed up to drive the bus,” Collins said.

A relative of the victim, who has not been identified due to health privacy laws, last reported that he was still recovering in a hospital, Gage said.

“In the end, that’s all that really matters,” Collins said.

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School Nurse & CPR Instructor Save Bus Driver in School Parking Lot

Posted by cocreator on October 15, 2009
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Laura Geraghty was up at 5 a.m. and off to work 45 minutes later, picking up students in a handicapped accessible bus and bringing them to Newton South High School.

Laura Geraghty the Survivor

Laura Geraghty the Survivor

She was driving a student in a wheelchair and a teacher’s aide from Newton-Wellesley Hospital when she felt a pain in her stomach. By the time she backed the bus into a parking area at the high school, she had a shooting pain running down her arm and shortness of breath.

She asked the teacher’s aide to get the school nurse as she began dialing her boss on the telephone.

I called my supervisor and said I can’t drive the bus this afternoon because I’m having a heart attack. Being April 1, my boss said that isn’t a very funny joke,” Geraghty said.

Then, her head fell to her chest and Geraghty collapsed in the school parking lot.

She remembers the rest of the day only in flashes – the school nurse and CPR instructor working on her, a ride in the ambulance, being at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a feeling of floating overhead and looking down on her own body.

During the ordeal, Geraghty was shocked 21 times with the defibrillator.

Geraghty not only survived, but also defied expectations and walked out of the hospital nine days later.

It was a blood clot in Geraghty’s heart that caused her cardiac arrest. She had never shown any symptoms before that.

“I am living proof you can go over 43 minutes without a heartbeat and live. Now it’s become my mission to encourage everyone to learn CPR. That’s what saved my life.”

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