Coaches & Nurses Save Referee at Soccer Game

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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It could have been a very different outcome at an Airport High School soccer game last month when one of the game’s referees collapsed.

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Ramon Gil was ready for the Airport High lady Eagles’ scrimmage.

“I was feeling normal as usual,” said Gil. “Got ready for the game, put my stuff in the bag, and went out to the game.”

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“The last thing I remember, there was a scramble toward the opposing side of the field and so I had to take off, turn on the fire burners, so to speak, to keep up with the girls and they told me I fell mid-field, so I only ran about 25 yards, collapsed,” said Gil.

A referee for 11 years and a Latin dance instructor, Gil considered himself to be in great shape. But none of that mattered that day.

Certified athletic trainer and University of South Carolina graduate student Shea deWeber rushed onto the field from the sidelines.

“We resuscitated him using CPR, we put the AED on him, and delivered one shock,” said deWeber. “After that, his vitals came back and he seemed to be stable until EMS arrived.”

“Everybody sees us taping ankles and looking at a shoulder during a football game. What they don’t see is that we are educated to help out in emergency situations,” said head athletic trainer Karen Edwards.

deWeber acted immediately, relying on his training. Several USC undergrads assisted and two nurses who were sitting in the stands came to his aide.

“I didn’t do anything special, anything different than any other athletic trainer would have done in my situation,” said deWeber.

Gil is grateful.

“There was one artery 100 percent blocked, there was another one, 90 percent blocked and another one was 75 percent blocked,” said Gil.

Four days later, he had a triple bypass.

“They said there was really nothing I could have done to prevented it, that it was genetics,” said Gil.

A soccer ball signed by the team now serves as a reminder of what could have been.

“I really appreciate the fact that I have another chance to do something in life,” said Gil. “I was gone. There was 15 minutes, no heartbeat. If there hadn’t been an AED, the defibrillator on the field, you wouldn’t be able to talk to me today. I wouldn’t be here.”

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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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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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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.

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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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Coaches & Nurse Save Spectator at Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 21, 2014
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It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon at Marlboro High School for Mark Bramble, the licensed athletic trainer for the Mustangs. He was preparing like any other afternoon for the days games, on this day it was Varsity and JV Girls’ Basketball against Middletown High School. He had prepared the gym, evaluated and treated many injuries and had prepared his athletes for competition using the many injury prevention techniques he is trained to do. Saving somebody’s life certainly wasn’t on his mind.

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But when a specatator suffered a cardiac episode in the stands at the basketball game, Mark put his years of training and education into action and turned a regular day into an unforgettable one. . “The first words out of everyone in the gym was, “Get the Athletic Trainer”. Said Dave Ryden, Athletic Director at Marlboro High School. “Within seconds of hearing that call, my Athletic Trainer, Mark Bramble responded to the scene, had 911 called and retrieved the AED. Mark, a nurse (that happened to be in the gym watching her daughter play), and I proceeded to perform CPR on this gentlemen until the paramedics arrived. Words cannot express enough the importance of having trained healthcare personnel as part of my athletic staff. Mark’s importance to the safety and well-being of the student-athletes and spectators is immeasurable, and he is irreplaceable.”

The nurse, was the first to respond to the injured spectator, she checked for a pulse, there was none present. She yelled for help and began CPR. Mark sprang into action by alerting Marlboro Athletic Director, Dave Ryden, and retrieving the school’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Once at the victim, Mark placed the AED on him and assisted with CPR. The AED recommended a shock and it was delivered. CPR was continued for 15-20 minutes and 2 additional shocks were delivered before the victim’s pulse returned and the EMTs began caring for the spectator. The victim was taken by EMT and pararmedics to a local hospital The Varsity game was suspended and the JV game was cancelled due to the event.

When asked about the situation Mark Bramble said, “Having an AED and an Emergency Action Plan in place is vital in protecting our student athletes as well as those who attend interscholastic athletic competitions. Every school should have an athletic trainer as the point person for implementing these emergency action plans and making sure the AED is accessible and in working condition on a daily basis. This incident was obviously a team effort, and the success was directly due to the training of all involved and having a plan in place.”

Mark Bramble, the school’s Athletic Trainer, has been certified as an Athletic Trainer since 1986. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey. This school year marks his 25th at Marlboro High School. Mark and his family reside in Allentown NJ

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