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Teen Baseball Player Save Umpire at Game

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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A local high school baseball game came to an abrupt end when an umpire collapsed Friday night.

The game was between Newton High School and Rockdale High School. The teams didn’t even make it halfway through the game when witnesses say the home plate umpire collapsed right behind the batter.

Alex Norwood, 16, said the incident happened between the second and third innings: The umpire just collapsed.

Norwood said his instincts kicked in and he ran over to help the umpire, who was suffering from some sort of medical emergency.

“They had gotten to call 911 and they said, ‘Does anyone know CPR?’ I got certified a little while ago, I checked for a pulse compressions,” Norwood said.

Norwood said he had just become CPR certified two weeks prior.

“I didn’t think I would use it, but I am glad I know how to do it,” Norwood said.

This is evidence as to why it is important to know how to administer CPR.

Jarrid Harris coaches Norwood’s team at Rockdale High School.

“I thought I was going to turn around and see a professional. That is how confident the voice behind me was. When I turned around and saw Alex,” Harris said.

But Norwood remains humble about what he did.

“I feel like I didn’t do that much, I just got it started before the EMT got there…it was the coaches, EMT that really did it,” Norwood said.

Not only that, Harris said the incident is an important reminder.

“It really speaks on the importance of not only being CPR trained but certified, that everybody can do it,” Harris said.

Channel 2 Action News is still working to get an update on the umpire’s condition.

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Parents & Uncle Save Toddler from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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Cool heads and cardiopulmonary-resuscitation skills saved a 2-year-old girl who almost drowned near Vallecito Reservoir.

The incident took place Sunday evening north of the reservoir, where the Williams family of Mesa, Ariz., has a vacation home. The girl’s parents thought their older children would keep an eye on Clara when she went outside. They then realized the older kids had come inside, and Clara was outside alone, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said.

“She found her way out onto the ice of the pond,” he said. “The child broke through the ice near where a stream feeds the pond and fell head first into the water.”

Shortly thereafter, the Williams noticed Clara’s pink shoes protruding from the hole and pulled her from the water.

“She was not breathing at that time,” Evans said. “The parents began CPR, and with the direction of the uncle, performed CPR, rescue breathing and rewarming of the child.”

The uncle had been a member of the Boy Scouts, where he learned how to resuscitate someone who has been immersed in cold water.

“The family revived the child prior to paramedics from Upper Pine River Fire arriving,” Evans said. “The first-arriving crews found the child blue in color but crying.”

The call came in at 6:25 p.m., and paramedics arrived about 12 minutes later from Upper Pine’s station below the Vallecito Dam.

Evans said no one knows exactly how long Clara was under water.

Clara survived with no neurological damage because of the mammalian diving reflex, Evans said. When the face hits extremely cold water, particularly in the very young, the heartbeat drops and the metabolism slows.

The record for immersion in cold water without suffering major neurological damage is Joey Garza’s 38 minutes in a river outside Fargo, N.D., Evans said.

Clara was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where doctors kept her overnight for observation. Deemed healthy, she went home Monday with her family.

“This had a great outcome due to a family with CPR training, who remained collected under the worst of circumstances,” Evans said.

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Teacher Save 15 Year Old at School Athletics Carnival

Posted by cocreator on June 04, 2014
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Despite being just 15, Billy Sawyer had fallen victim to a heart attack — a condition which some experts believe could be underestimated in young people.

Billy Sawyer the Survivor

Billy Sawyer the Survivor

Billy said he felt “a bit dizzy” after placing fourth in the 100m race at his school athletics carnival on Wednesday but went on to compete in the long jump “without any problems”.

“I remember lining up for the 200m and I have a vague image in my head of running but that’s all I remember … Then I woke up in hospital,” Billy said.

He ran but as he crossed the line, Billy collapsed face-first on the ground in front of shocked students and onlookers.

Mr Lawicki, the Year 10 PE teacher at St Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah Lakes, ran to help and found Billy convulsing on the ground.

But the situation turned “very serious” when Billy stopped breathing, the colour drained from his face and Mr Lawicki — a first-aid and resuscitation trainer with years of experience — could not find a pulse.

“I launched into (CPR) aggressively, that’s the way we teach it, you’re better off doing something than nothing,” he said.

Mr Lawicki managed to get Billy’s heart started again and breathing and he was flown to The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Billy has undergone a series of tests and has more to come as teams of neurological and cardiovascular experts try and pin down exactly what sparked the collapse.

Heading the investigation is his doctor, Dr Yew Wee Chua, who said it appeared Billy didn’t have a heart attack in the conventional sense — it was more an interference with the “electrical conduction of the heart”.

“The good thing his teacher Mr Lawicki could do CPR,” Dr Chua said yesterday.

Professor of medicine at the George Institute and Sydney University Vlado Perkovic said while heart attacks in young people were rare, they were not unheard of.

International studies estimated the risk of cardiac arrest in young people at about one in 100,000.

Professor Perkovic said heart attacks were often the cause of sudden and unexpected deaths in young people but went undiagnosed and the cause of death incorrectly attributed to a head injury or other coinciding condition.

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Off Duty Cop Save Man in Parking Lot

Posted by cocreator on May 31, 2014
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A McKinney police corporal is being honored after her quick response to help to save a man who was in distress in a parking lot at a fast-food restaurant.

Melissa Taylor the Saviour

Melissa Taylor the Saviour

Cpl. Melissa Taylor was on her day off when she saw the man in need of medical help. She immediately started CPR.

“Corporal Taylor’s actions revived and kept this gentleman alive until emergency medical crews arrived,” McKinney Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mock said in a news release.

The man is now recovering. His daughter expressed the family’s thanks in a note to Taylor. “The doctors say you saved his life,” she wrote. “There are no words to express our gratitude.”

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9 Year Old Saves Father by Stomping on Chest

Posted by cocreator on May 31, 2014
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A 9-year-old-girl has been hailed a hero after saving her father’s life by kicking him when his heart stopped.

Izzy McCarron stamped on her father Colm’s chest when she realized she wasn’t strong to get his heart going with her arms.

Her father had suffered a mysterious allergic reaction, reports Metro.

“I just kicked him really hard,” said Izzy. “My mum taught me CPR but I knew I wasn’t strong enough to use hands. I was quite scared.”

“My mum said that he was going to hospital with a giant footprint on his chest,” she added.

Doctors think Izzy’s father may have developed the allergic condition anaphylaxis, reports Metro.

For her efforts, Izzy, from Derbyshire, central England, has received an “outstanding bravery” award from her school.

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