Doctor, Dentist & Friends Save Squash Player at Club

Posted by cocreator on December 06, 2013
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A Liverpool squash player who suffered a heart attack on court thanked his pals for saving his life after they used a defibrillator machine to revive him.

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Geoff Wood, who collapsed during a singles match on court two at Aigburth Road’s Liverpool Cricket Club, said he “owes his life” to those that resuscitated him and to the machine which gave his heart a crucial rhythm again.

The 66-year-old, who is originally from Aigburth and now lives in Formby, had just took a shot in a match for Formby Squash Club against Liverpool South Squash Club’s Ozzie Omar when he blanked out, fell to the ground and cut his head on the court.

Geoff Wood (center) the Survivor with Sean O'Hara & David Graham the Saviours

Geoff Wood (center) the Survivor with Sean O’Hara & David Graham the Saviours

Speke dentist Sean O’Hara, who had been marking the North West Counties League western section match from the court balcony, ran for the premises defibrillator machine while squash player Steve Copplehouse began to carry out CPR.

As paramedics raced to the club, member and senior Merseyside doctor Professor David Graham was on hand to ensure that CPR was being carried out properly.

Geoff said: “I wouldn’t be here if it was not for the defibrillator machine being on the premises and if everyone that saved me were not trained properly. I owe them all my life.

“Sean and Steve ensured that I got oxygen to my brain and Sean used the defibrilator. I wouldn’t be here if it was not for them and David. I couldn’t have asked for a better response. They were all brilliant.

“All I remember is playing and then waking up in the Royal hospital’s coronary care unit three hours later. I was in hospital for 13 days and the staff there were brilliant too.

“It’s important that clubs have the machines because they save people’s lives and my club in Formby will be getting one in a couple of months. I’m ok now and I had a pacemaker fitted in November at Broadgreen hospital to help fire a current across my heart if it happened again.”

Sean said the equipment was easy to use.

He added: “I checked that Geoff had a pulse and he was breathing. The machine is great because it tells you what to do. The two patches were placed on him and the machine revived Geoff by firing a current across the heart. It put his heart back into rhythm.”

Professor Graham and Liverpool GP John Hussey wanted to get the defibrillator onto their club’s premises after a member has an arrest at the venue.

And now the club is hoping to get another defibrillator machine installed near the venue’s cricket pitch.

Professor Graham said: “We saw the benefit in having a defibrillator and it saved Geoff. It’s fantastic that Geoff is ok now.

“We want another machine and to get more people trained up in how to use it because it’s life-saving equipment. Every squash club should have them. Modern defibrillators are so easy to use.”

A campaign to get the defibrillators into public places gathered pace after the tragic death of Childwall youngster Oliver King, who died when his heart stopped as he swam in the pool at King David high school in March, 2011.

The OK Foundation, supported by the ECHO’s Heartbeat campaign, was set up in memory of the 12-year-old and it believes that a defibrillator would have saved the life of the sports-mad youngster.

Oliver’s father Mark King said: “The club was aware of the campaign and got themselves a defibrillator. We were booked in to go down and train them how to use it and maybe supply them with another one when the gentleman took ill.

“They managed to use it and saved his life, but they rang us up afterwards and said ‘We definitely need that other one now, we’ve just had to use the first one!’

“The fact that a life has been saved by awareness of the need for defibrillators in public places and sports centres is fabulous news, but it also should remind us all that any one of us could one day need a defibrillator nearby to save our own or someone else’s life.”

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Doctor & Dentist Save Passenger at Airport

Posted by cocreator on January 07, 2011
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Two doctors from Long Island are credited with saving the life of a man at Kennedy Airport.

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He went into cardiac arrest inside terminal 4 Wednesday night and the doctors came to the rescue, despite some challenges.

“Where are the AEDs? Why isn’t it more available to the public? Why can’t we find it, why can’t we see it?” said Dr. Bruce Decter, a cardiologist.

They are life-saving questions Dr. Bruce Decter asks as to the whereabouts of the automatic external defibrillators or AEDs.

One of them was critically needed at JFK’s terminal 4 after a passenger suddenly collapsed and started to turn blue.

“I felt the pulse. I listened for breathing. I found none. I started the CPR,” Dr. Decter said.

With Dr. Scott Danoff, a dentist at his side, Dr. Decter also asks someone to call 911 and for the AED.

“I really repeated, ‘Where’s the AED?'” Dr. Decter said.

“I was thinking about it the whole time, all during the chest compressions, you’re looking around to see who is coming with an AED and there was nobody coming in,” said Dr. Scott Danoff, a dentist.

A Port Authority Police officer, who also responded, ran to get a portable device according to the doctors.

It’s unknown where he retrieved the AED.

“But by that time, the patient was revived,” Dr. Decter said.

“It was nowhere to be found, and the chances are it is hidden behind some piece of equipment or some barrier or some x-ray machine they use for security purposes,” Dr. Danoff said.

The private company that manages terminal 4 did not respond to Eyewitness News’ calls for comment or request to see the placement of the AEDs.

The doctors say they should be more visible.

“Maybe put it on a column somewhere, on a wall, but maybe put a one food wide red stripe going up 10 feet,” Dr. Danoff said.

“It was the most frustrating thing not to have that device, and I find we were very lucky that he survived,” Dr. Decter said.

Port Authority Officials say that there are defibrillators in terminal 4 and that many of them were placed there with an expansion of the program in 2006.

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Dentist & Physician Assistant Saves Man in Gym

Posted by cocreator on December 31, 2010
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Ken McCauley knows he is lucky to be alive. And his doctors agree.

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“I’m just blessed and thankful to be here,” McCauley said.

Ken McCauley the Survivor

On Dec. 3, McCauley, 53, went into sudden cardiac arrest.

He was at a spin-cycling class at the Salem YMCA. “I was feeling pretty good,” he said this week reflecting back on that day.

It was the 5:30 a.m. class that McCauley — who works in the finance department at LewisGale Medical Center — had been attending every Wednesday and Friday since the beginning of the year. An avid runner since his doctor recommended exercise at age 48, McCauley began taking the class after his knees started bothering him. He still ran four days a week, and completed the Star City Half Marathon in November.

The class, which had about 10 participants, was on its third push as they peddled up an imaginary hill with the tension high on their stationary bikes. That’s when McCauley blacked out, falling off his bike and hitting the back of his head.

“I just remember a feeling of white. I felt everything blur into white and I remember reaching down to adjust the tension back on my bike,” he said.

After that, McCauley knows only what he has been told happened.

Laura Hart, a physician assistant who happened to be riding on the bike next to McCauley, checked for a pulse. She didn’t detect one.

The instructor ran for the facility’s Automated External Defibrillator. Then Hart and another class participant, Dr. Nathan Stephens, followed the instructions for using the defibrillator.

“The AED said to shock,” recalled Stephens, a Salem dentist. “We cleared him and administered the shock, and he immediately came to. He came off of the floor a little bit and said, ‘What’ — that was it. We got a pulse immediately from him.”

McCauley said he strongly believes that, without the AED, he would have died. Evidence supports that theory. While people who go into cardiac arrest do survive with basic CPR chest compressions, research has shown that the survival rate doubles if an AED is used properly, said Dr. David Sane, chief of cardiology at Carilion Clinic.

Sane did not treat McCauley but said the use of an AED is “clearly associated with improved outcomes.”

In McCauley’s case, the AED “most likely saved his life,” said Dr. Richard Konstance, a cardiologist at Heart of Virginia Cardiology medical practice on Electric Road and the physician who treated McCauley at LewisGale.

McCauley said he hopes that by sharing his story he will bring awareness to the benefit of AEDs and recognition to those who acted to save his life.

“I know how fortunate I was to be where I was and the fact that the Y has that equipment in place,” McCauley said. “I could have easily been out for a run on the street. That’s where I am a lot of mornings.”

He, too, thinks that AEDs should be in more places.

McCauley was hospitalized for six days. He had a pacemaker and defibrillator installed to protect his heart against future malfunctions. And he is already back at the Salem YMCA, although he isn’t exercising at the same threshold. On Christmas Eve, he stopped by the Friday morning spin class with candy canes. He received hugs and well wishes in return.

“We felt like it was our Christmas miracle to see Ken gone and come back. It was a real blessing,” said Stephens.

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Oral Surgeon Saves Friend in Country Club

Posted by cocreator on February 08, 2010
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Dr. Craig Levine, an oral surgeon from Merrick, was at a bar mitzvah at the Seawane Country Club in Hewlett last Saturday when he saw his friend Lew Goldman, the host of the event, passed out on the dance floor.

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With the help of an automated external defibrillator, Levine revived Goldman.

Craig Levine (left) the Saviour

Craig Levine (left) the Saviour

“I immediately knew that he was in cardiac arrest, and I yelled out for someone to get an AED,” said Levine, who has campaigned to make defibrillators more readily available. “I unfortunately have been through experiences like this.”

In 2005, Levine’s son Robbie, 9, died on a Little League ballfield in Merrick. A policeman responding to the scene brought an AED, but it was too late.

In Levine’s Bay Shore office in April 2007, he saw a patient waiting for a dental consultation collapse from a heart attack.

Levine brought out an AED and saved her life.

“All these things that happen make me think of my son,” Levine said. “I couldn’t save my son, but I saved the lives of two people and spared their families.”

Goldman collapsed during his twin sons’ bar mitzvah.

“I don’t know what to make of it, why this keeps happening,” Levine said Friday, shaking his head ruefully.

“The real story is the AED saved my life,” Goldman said Friday from his Merrick home, where he was recovering. “Craig Levine is a hero.”

“The fact that Craig was there and they had an AED at the Seawane Country Club, and that it happened that night, I’m one lucky man,” Goldman said.

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Dentist, Cop & Student-Nurse Save Man on Street

Posted by cocreator on September 26, 2009
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On Sept. 18, as 71-year-old George Allison was in the back seat of his son Craig Allison’s car driving on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., he suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

George Allison (right) the Survivor

George Allison (right) the Survivor

“We had just finished some conversation and there was some quiet time. Within about 30 seconds my son turned around,” said Barbara, who was riding in the front seat.

From the look on Craig’s face, she said, she knew something terrible was happening.

Her husband of nearly 50 years wasn’t breathing.

Craig pulled the car to the shoulder and yanked his father’s body from the back seat and tried to administer the Heimlich maneuver, thinking his father had choked on a peanut.

“My daughter-in-law got out and she was screaming for help. Her cell phone wouldn’t work,” said Barbara. “Craig pulled him out of the car and laid him on the ground, and the people showed up.”

Those people were strangers Daniel Lapidus, a San Luis Obispo dentist who had recently finished his active duty with the Air Force, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Marisela Campos, a public health employee working toward a degree in nursing.

He wasn’t breathing, and he didn’t have a pulse,” Lapidus told the Tribune. “I knew we had to give him CPR.”

Lapidus started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Campos began chest compressions.

Barbara Allison said the two strangers worked for eight minutes to try to get her husband to breathe again.

A California Highway Patrol trooper arrived on scene and hit George with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart.

George was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to implant a defibrillator in his chest.

By Monday, he and his wife were home.

“The most memorable part of this is the people and how they reacted — the lady, the dentist and the highway patrolman — the things they did. They didn’t hesitate. They didn’t ask,” he said, his voice choked with emotion. “All of those things needed to come together just right, and they did.”

“Eight minutes of CPR is a very long time and almost never happens,” said Barbara. “There are very few who could have lived under these circumstances.”

“They were my guardian angels,” said George.

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