Bystanders & Security Guard Save Moviegoer

Posted by cocreator on June 14, 2014
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A woman is thanking moviegoers and mall security for saving her husband’s life.

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Christopher Mazurek is in the hospital recovering after his heart stopped twice.

“I thought my world was just going to fall apart,” said his wife, Jean Mazurek.

Christopher Mazurek the Survivor

Christopher Mazurek the Survivor

Jean Mazurek said the 44-year-old father of two girls was at Cinemark movie theater at Pittsburgh Mills Mall Saturday, where he had gone to see a movie.

“He came back from the restroom and he was coming up the aisle when he collapsed. From that point, he doesn’t remember what happened,” she said.

Jean Mazurek said doctors told her Christopher Mazurek had heart disease and suffered a massive heart attack with 99 percent blockage of blood flow.

“It didn’t look well for a while,” said Jean Mazurek.

Frazier Township patrolman Aaron Scott arrived moments after the call.

“There were two civilians in there watching a movie who came out of the stands and start administering CPR to the gentleman,” said Scott.

Jean Mazurek thanks the mall security guard for using a portable defibrillator to get her husband’s heart beating again.

“They’re truly heroes to me, and if there were more people like that, it would be a better place,” said Jean Mazurek.

Christopher Mazurek will likely be in the Intensive Care Unit at West Penn Hospital for several weeks, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

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Snooker Player Saved by Staff & Bystanders during Game

Posted by cocreator on May 28, 2014
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A SNOOKER player’s life was saved by two bar workers who used a defibrillator which had been fitted just a week earlier.

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The St Mary’s Social and Recreation Club’s snooker team in Horwich were playing a match on Thursday night when one of the visiting players, Les Openshaw, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Stephen Fisher, a bartender at the club in in Bosworth Street, set the defibrillator up with the help of customers and telephoned manager Susan Stewart, who had been trained to use the machine.

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Ms Stewart, aged 42, of Arkwright Street, Horwich, said: “It was a very frightening experience. I was sitting at home in my pyjamas when I got the call saying a man had collapsed and I needed to get down there.

“I just told them to get the defibrillator from behind the bar and that it would tell them exactly what to do.

”When I arrived the defibrillator was just starting to deliver shocks so I knew his heart had stopped..

“Then I started doing CPR — I didn’t even hesitate.

“I thought about what I had been taught and just kept on until the ambulance arrived.

“It was terrifying but I was so glad I had done the training — otherwise I don’t think I would have known what to do.”

Mr Openshaw was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital where he was put into an induced coma. The 86-year-old, who was playing for The Railway Club, in Great Lever, is now understood to be making a recovery in hospital.

Paramedics told Ms Stewart and Mr Fisher that had they not resuscitated the man, he would have died that night at the club.

Mr Fisher, aged 44, from Singleton Avenue in Farnworth, said: “I think your instincts kick in when something like that happens. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at the time.

“All I could do was try to stay calm as I spoke to the operator and fetched the defibrillator from behind the bar. I dread to think what could have happened had the machine not been fitted eight days before.”

Ms Stewart said that every pub or social club like St Mary’s should have a defibrillator.

She added: “I couldn’t believe it. We’d only had it about a week and I was the only one who had had the training.

“But because it gives such clear instructions, Stephen was able to use it. What an amazing machine. I think every public place should have one.

“And as for Stephen, he was brilliant. Considering he had not done the training, it was amazing what he did. We’re all just hoping the man pulls through.”

David McNally, of North West Ambulance Service, said: “An incident like this emphasises just how important it is to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on hand.

“AEDs are so simple to use and will only deliver a shock to the patient if necessary.”

In February last year, The Bolton News launched its Every School Leaver a Life Saver campaign.

The campaign promotes the teaching of emergency life saving skills in schools and for defibrillators to be placed in as many public places as possible.

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Bystanders Save Woman on Street

Posted by cocreator on May 26, 2014
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An Ingatestone mother has been reunited with the people who saved her life after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Chelmsford just before Christmas.

Fiona Eyres the Survivor, Ben Brook & Michelle Turner-Thorne the Saviours

Fiona Eyres the Survivor, Ben Brook & Michelle Turner-Thorne the Saviours

The Gazette previously reported how Fiona Eyres, who lives in Docklands Avenue, collapsed on the walkway below the Army & Navy roundabout on the way to work on December 9.

Following an appeal in both the Gazette and, sister title the Essex Chronicle , four people have come forward, including 50-year-old Michelle Turner-Thorne, who lives in Galleywood.

Michelle feared Fiona was dead until she read her story months later, where she appealed to readers to reunite her with the people who saved her life after being released from hospital.

“Finding out she was alive was like winning the lottery,” said Michelle.

“It feels great. Obviously I don’t know in what small way or whether it worked or to what degree the wonders of medical procedures helped, but it might have given her at least an extra minute – I hope so.”

Fiona was walking from Lidl to work in Chelmsford High Street when she collapsed at about 8.30am.

Ben Brook, a manager at Essex County Council, and Debra Carter, of Great Baddow, quickly interrupted their daily journey to work to run to her aid.

While Ben rang 999, Debra and Maxine Oxlade, of Old Moulsham, placed her in the recovery position.

It was at this point Michelle arrived and knew she had to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as Fiona choked. She pushed hard on Fiona’s chest to the beat of BeeGees’ Stayin’ Alive for three-minutes before paramedics whisked her away.

Michelle added: “Everybody there that day just looked at each other and honestly believed that she was dead. We were left to just mill about. I then came to work very distressed. I knew nothing about this person and I didn’t think I’d find her.”

Michelle even asked workers in BHS three days later if a woman had not turned up to work that day – as their polka dot blouses matched Fiona’s.

“I never thought we would find out what happened in such a positive way. It’s amazing,” Michelle added. “I thought she was dead that day and my first thought was her family need to know that people were there to help, that she was not on her own.

“Not one person walked by that day.”

The four lifesavers believe there was one other helper who is yet to come forward – a woman on a bicycle who calmly stroked Fiona’s face.

Before meeting Michelle in the Saracen’s Head Hotel, in Chelmsford Thursday, Fiona said: “I still don’t know anything of what happened so it will be brilliant for me to just get a bit more information.

“Michelle and the others have done something brilliant, it’s amazing.

“I still don’t know if that would have been the end of me or not if everybody hadn’t helped.”

Retired police officer Fiona regained her memory while lying in a Broomfield Hospital bed on Christmas Eve.

She is now recovering after having a defibrillator fitted.

Her daughter Carolyn Kirkpatrick, 26, said: “I am really glad Michelle came forward, it’s a big thing to do that. It’s amazing that everyone stopped. I have never seen anything like that happen in real life.

“I would like to think that people would stop, even at a busy time when everyone is going to work.”

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Teammates & Bystanders Save Elderly Man during Football Game

Posted by cocreator on May 26, 2014
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Michael Darlington 60, of Miranda, counts his blessings each day. He suffered cardiac arrest as he played touch football at Old Bush Road Oval, Yarrawarrah, last May 8.

With medical help minutes away, it was up to his teammates and bystanders to keep him alive.

Mr Darlington’s team had just scored a try moments into the second half when the father-of-three collapsed on the field.

“We got back on the field in the second half and I don’t remember anything about it,” he said.

Brett Thatcher, of Engadine, who was playing in Mr Darlington’s team, was the first person to see he was in trouble.

“I thought he’d fallen over and bumped his head,” Mr Thatcher said. “He had shallow breathing but was still conscious.”

In seconds the situation changed and Mr Darlington lost consciousness.

Mr Thatcher began mouth-to-mouth and Matthew Wallis, of Kirrawee, started compressions. They worked tirelessly for six minutes as Peter Ciccia, of Kirrawee, spoke to emergency services through triple-0.

“We got him back twice, so we knew it was working,” Mr Thatcher said.

Across the oval, Matt Alewood and Matt Henson were playing in another game when they saw the commotion.

Both trained in CPR, they took over giving Mr Darlington another seven minutes of resuscitation and chest compressions.

“Mike’s colour started coming back,” Mr Henson said.

When David Stride and Scott McNamara arrived in the ambulance they knew the chances of Mr Darlington surviving were slim.

“I saw the boys doing CPR at the back of the oval and I just told them to keep going,” Mr McNamara said.

“The odds are always against you when someone goes into cardiac arrest but good CPR buys us time and saves lives.”

Mr Darlington had to be shocked with a defibrillator before his heart rhythm returned. He was taken to Sutherland Hospital and had surgery to remove an artery blockage.

After five weeks off work and months of rehabilitation Mr Darlington has made a remarkable recovery. “It was a life-changing event,” he said. “I can’t thank the boys and the paramedics enough.”

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Staff & Bystanders Save Elderly Man in Club

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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Thursday, March 6, was an afternoon Jori Bourdon is certain she’ll never forget.

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That’s the afternoon Bourdon and others saved a life.

Bourdon is the general manager of Norton Pines Athletic Club, 1350 Judson Rd.

Around 1 p.m. March 6, Bourdon heard a shout from the club’s Level 2: “Call 911, a man is down.”

A member of the club, reportedly in his 70s, had suddenly collapsed. He wasn’t breathing, according to eyewitnesses.

Personnel at the front desk called 911, and Bourdon ran upstairs. A man was trying CPR. Bourdon took over with that, and another employee brought up a defibrillator.

A club member came up to help Bourdon with chest compressions. The AED was opened, and someone cut the man’s shirt off. Bourdon and another staffer put the device’s pads on his chest. The readout advised that shock be applied, so they did, and kept doing it until the device said no shock advised, Bourdon said.

They continued CPR and monitored the man to see if he was breathing. Around that time firefighter first responders arrived, followed quickly by a Professional Med Team ambulance and Norton Shores police.

“My training automatically kicked in,” Bourdon said. “I was shocked that I could hold myself together under a stressful situation and be able to perform CPR. Everything I had been trained to do came to me.”

Bourdon credits “very thorough” training courses for Norton Pines employees by the club’s safety instructor, Jack Redeker. All employees are CPR certified and trained in first aid and AED use, she said. The club holds a training class monthly.

“It is very important to have an AED and until I had to use it they were just three boxes placed strategically around the club,” Bourdon said. “We all know where they are, but they now have meaning to me.

“The paramedics said we did everything right and that the AED saved his life.”

The experience has changed her, Bourdon said.

“Even though the outcome was so positive, it is very emotional and it will change me forever,” she said. “I am so thankful that if something like this had to happen, I am glad that it happened here where we could help him.”

Rescue personnel were impressed at the response and the good results.

“When we walked in, the gentleman was still on the floor, was not yet conscious but was breathing,” Kinnucan said. “Within a matter of a couple of minutes after our arrival, he was talking to us.”

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