Doctor & Homeless Ex-EMT Save Cyclist

Posted by cocreator on December 12, 2013
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Luis Martinez is lucky to be alive.

If it wasn’t for two men who spotted him lying down blue in the face after falling off his bicycle last month at a Rosemead park, he might not be alive today.

“I’m thankful to God and to these two guys,” said Martinez a month after the accident. “They are my angels.”

Those angels are an anesthesiologist and a homeless man who happened to know CPR.

The drama started Nov. 4 when Dr. George Fedor, an anesthesiologist at Beverly Hospital in Montebello, was out for an afternoon run at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in Rosemead.

He noticed Martinez lying on the ground near a bike path. Martinez had a gash on his forehead and was laboring for breath before losing consciousness.

Martinez, of Pico Rivera, had fallen off his bike and wasn’t wearing a helmet. The last thing he remembers was taking a picture of a squirrel before he blacked out.

Patrick, who gave only his first name, was closest to Martinez when he fell. Right away, Patrick began doing chest compressions while Fedor began giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

They were able to keep him alive until paramedics could arrive.

“Medically, Luis was in cardiopulmonary arrest,” Fedor said.

Fedor feels fortunate that he had such a key partner at his side that day. Patrick, it turns out, was an emergency medical technician who had hoped to be a paramedic.

Though Patrick’s dream fell through, Fedor feels it was great that the commercial truck driver — now homeless — was able to put to practical use something he had studied years ago.

“It really makes you look at people differently,” Fedor said. “This man helped me to save another man’s life.”

Martinez is grateful.

“We might start a band, you never know,” Martinez said. “He’s a smart guy, very smart.”

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Staff & Bystander Save Elderly Man in Gym

Posted by cocreator on November 18, 2011
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A local gym attendant is being hailed as a hero for helping to resuscitate an unconscious man who had a heart attack Tuesday while working out on a treadmill.

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Planet Fitness employee Whitni Hendley, 22, of York Beach, Maine, said it was around 6:45 a.m. when a gym patron came running over to the front desk, screaming for her to call 911.

Whitni Hendley the Saviour

The stricken man, a 65-year-old from Rye, was working out at the Lafayette Road location and had gone into cardiac arrest. He was not breathing and had no pulse.

Hendley said she handed off the phone to the panicked patron and put some of the training she learned while attending paramedic school to the test.

What happened next was a blur, said Hendley, but ultimately saved the man’s life.

After running to the back corner of the gym and finding the man on the ground, Hendley said she checked for his pulse, but found nothing. Hendley said she then grabbed an automated external defibrillator and prepared it to deliver a shock.

“People were freaking out,” she said. “I tried to calm everyone down and take care of the guy.”

When the defibrillator read “shocking advised,” Hendley said the seriousness of the situation became more apparent.

“I said, ‘Oh man, this is real now,'” she said. “I made sure everyone was clear, and after he was shocked, I went right into CPR for two minutes. I then reanalyzed him and he had a pulse.”

Another gym patron reportedly assisted Hendley in giving the unknown man CPR.

Having performed a variety of similar training exercises while in paramedic school in Jacksonville, Fla., Hendley said she never before had to use her training.

“It was the first time I had ever done it. It was just me,” she said. “It was pretty exciting.”

Word of Hendley’s life-saving actions has spread throughout the gym community. The news also attracted the attention of city officials, who said that, without her actions, the outcome would’ve been much different.

“This is as real as it gets,” said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles, who visited Hendley at the gym Wednesday.

Achilles said he wanted to meet Hendley to say thank you and congratulate her on her life-saving efforts.

“This is the stuff you read in success stories,” he said.

The assistant fire chief lauded Hendley for having someone else call 911 and for jumping into action. He said the chances of a person surviving a heart attack without CPR or an electric shock is about 10 percent.

“The fact that, after she used the AED and continued to do CPR for a few minutes, he had a pulse is amazing,” Achilles said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Achilles said paramedics arrived less than five minutes after the 911 call was made. By that time, the man was breathing.

“To go from someone who is clinically dead to someone that is alive is just simply amazing,” he said.

Having an AED in the facility is vitally important and is something Achilles said the fire department is hoping to spread throughout the many businesses in the city. He said having one in the gym facility shows Planet Fitness’ commitment to the health and safety of its members.

“We’re very pleased with the fact that Planet Fitness has trained people and has an AED on site,” Achilles said.

For Hendley, the fact that she just saved a man’s life had yet to set in Wednesday.

“I’m more nervous now than I was yesterday,” she said. “Yesterday, I had about two seconds to get down there, and it was game time. I really didn’t have time for the adrenaline to start pumping.”

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Student Save Man after Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 03, 2010
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Michael Crane, 26, was at Novato High School gym in November and getting ready to play a playoff adult league basketball game.

Michael Crane the Saviour

Michael Crane the Saviour

Forrest Manning’s team had just lost and he had just sat down in a chair.

About 20 seconds into Crane’s game, Manning fell out of the chair and his teammates called out for help.

Crane is a graduate student at Arizona State University and is finishing his thesis for a degree in fire department administration.

He finished an 18-month internship with the Napa Fire Department in early 2008 and is trained as an emergency medical technician.

Crane gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions until Novato paramedics arrived.

Manning received shocks from a defibrillator and was taken to a hospital.

He is recovering from having two stents installed in previously blocked arteries.

With some help, Manning tracked down Crane, who recently moved to San Francisco, to thank him. “It’s strange because how can you really thank somebody completely who saved your life?” Manning said. “I’m sure he knows how much it meant.”

Crane said he got goosebumps when Manning called. “I was taken aback by it all,” he said. “I think everybody who was there that night has seen the impact of knowing CPR. Hopefully people will take the steps to learn it so they have the ability to save a life.”

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Medics & Bystander Save Woman During Run

Posted by cocreator on November 30, 2009
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A woman jogging alone through a quiet tree-lined neighborhood collapses, face-first, onto the ground.

Seeing the woman face-down in the grass, Blantz pulled a U-turn, jumped out of his car, found her unresponsive, called 911, rolled her on her back and began CPR.

Another jogger had stopped to help while Blantz was on the phone with emergency dispatchers. Blantz handed him the phone and began CPR.

He continued chest compressions as medics arrived less than a minute later and took over respiration.

The EMTs then used an automated external defibrillator to start the woman’s pulse again.

The jogger was taken to the hospital, where she remained unconscious — and unidentified — until Tuesday, when she awoke and was able to provide police with her mother’s name.

“I want her family to know,” Blantz said, “that individuals were there, that a complete stranger is willing to jump in and help at a moment’s notice and not expect anything from anybody.”

“I feel I did my duty in helping another citizen,” Blantz said.

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