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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Teen Saves Father at Home

Posted by cocreator on March 13, 2014
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Ryan Murphy, 13 and dreaming of the major leagues, is playing catch in the driveway with his father. Dad throws a ground ball past him. Ryan runs to grab it.

That’s all the time it takes.

When he turns around, his father is facedown on the pavement.

Ryan Murphy the Saviour

Ryan Murphy the Saviour

He’s messing with me, Ryan thinks.

But then the Delaware boy sees Mark Murphy’s arms shake. He sees the blood pooling in his face, sees it quickly growing purple. He realizes his 56-year-old dad is dying.

“I think adrenaline kicked in,” Ryan recalled three days later, sitting at the foot of his father’s bed at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

And so Ryan, without thought or hesitation, proceeded to save his dad’s life.

Yesterday, Ryan and his stepmother, Brenda, gathered in Murphy’s hospital room, and the three of them recalled what had brought them there on Saturday afternoon. Murphy mostly listened.

With his dad dying on the ground, the teen said, he called 911. His voice was steady: “Ah, I think my dad is having a heart attack.” And later: “He stopped breathing, I think.”

The operator talked him through CPR. He put the phone on the ground and thrust his palms into his father’s chest. Murphy’s face returned to a normal color, but his eyes stayed closed. His mouth hung open.

Ryan listened for sirens.

The neighborhood was still.

They’re never gonna come, he thought.

Within eight minutes — forever to a kid trying to save his dad — they did. Rescuers jump-started Murphy’s heart. Ryan, relieved of duty — a 13-year-old, after all — lost it. His stepmom could barely understand him on the phone.

“His phone call to me was a mess,” Brenda said. “It was sobbing, crazy.” The woman who administers driving tests for a living blew through stop signs to get home.

Murphy was flown to Riverside, where a doctor inserted a stent, relieving the total blockage in his left anterior descending artery. His prognosis is good. In time, he’ll probably be coaching Ryan again.

“The heart will heal,” said interventional cardiologist Anthony Chapekis.

Murphy was tired yesterday, but he said he feels lucky. He doesn’t remember any of what happened. He just threw a ball, and opened his eyes the next day in a hospital.

“I woke up, and I’m thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’” Murphy said. “And the nurse said, ‘Well, thank your son.’”

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10 Year Old Girl Saves Father at Home

Posted by cocreator on December 04, 2013
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Kirkland fire crews arrived at a home after receiving a report of a cardiac arrest to find a 10-year-old girl performing CPR on her 40-year-old father.

On Nov. 16 at 5:17 p.m., fire crews were called to the 15700 block of 119th Avenue Northeast.

The initial dispatch report stated that child CPR was being performed, but the child was actually performing the CPR with directions from a NORCOM regional 911 dispatcher.

Crews confirmed the man was in cardiac arrest and started lifesaving measures and shocked the man with a defibrillator.

Redmond medics arrived shortly after and took over, aided by other units from Kirkland and Woodinville.

Medics were able to stabilize the man and transport him to Evergreen Hospital.

Kirkland fire said the 10-year-old girl, Nizhoni Newman, with the help of her 6-year-old brother, Ayeteway, helped their father, Turak Newman, survive.

Turak Newman now has an internal defibrillator that automatically shocks his heart if needed.

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Father & Daughter Save Man at Lake

Posted by cocreator on October 25, 2013
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A Strathcona County man and his daughter are being called Heroes after saving a man’s life on a weekend fishing trip to Wabamun Lake on Oct. 5 and 6.

Andrea Harrison & Arjen De Vries the Saviours

Andrea Harrison & Arjen De Vries the Saviours

Arjen De Vries and his daughter, Andrea Harrison, were coming in from being out on the water when their fishing trip turned into a life saving mission. As De Vries was removing his boat from the water on Saturday, Oct. 5, his wife told him to call 911 because there was a man having a heart attack.

As employees of the Elk Island Catholic School system, De Vries and Harrison are trained in CPR. In fact, De Vries is a CPR instructor within the school system, although he had never had to use his training until that weekend.

“When I got there, there was a fellow that was on his knees beside someone that was laying on his back on the pier,” De Vries recalled. “He said to me ‘I think he’s OK now, because I’ve done some chest compressions and he seems to be OK.’ So I got down, I’m looking at this guy and I said, ‘No, he’s not OK.’ ”

De Vries and Harrison then took over, but having never performed CPR in a real life setting, De Vries mentioned there are certain things that it can be impossible to prepare for.

“Within basically the first compression or two, I broke the guy’s ribs,” he explained. “That’s something that personally I had to fight through and then with my daughter to kind of help her through that. When you’re pushing down on someone’s ribs and you feel their ribs breaking underneath your hand you go, ‘Oh dear god,’ and then you kind of have to remind yourself that, ‘Hey, that person is dead if you don’t keep doing this.’ ”

Not long into it Harrison and a local volunteer firefighter retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire hall. Upon placing the AED on the man’s chest, the reading showed that a shock was recommended. De Vries said it was this moment that he realized just how important it was that they had stepped in.

“They put the AED on and it said that a shock was advised,” he said. “In my mind, that qualified that everything that we were doing was correct, because if that AED says he needs a shock, that means his heart is in fibrillation. His heart is basically just twitching, for lack of a better term. It’s not pumping blood or anything anymore.”

They gave the man a shock and continued doing CPR until STARS Air Ambulance arrived. Although it took approximately 45 minutes from the time the first call was made to the time STARS arrived, De Vries said it felt like only a few seconds.

“If I had to tell you without knowing the time, I would say we were there five minutes,” De Vries said.

De Vries said he received a call from one of the man’s friends letting him know that he was recovering well. Despite being a life saver, De Vries said he wouldn’t call himself a hero.

“I really struggle with (being called a hero), I do,” he said. “I’d like to think that anybody who had the skills would have done the same thing.”

He noted that his wife, Barb, deserved to be recognized, as well, for encouraging him to act.

“I have to give my wife some credit there too, because I don’t know what I would have done, but my wife said ‘Arjen, you know what to do. Get over there and do it,’ ” De Vries said.

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Young Daughters Save Father at Home

Posted by cocreator on October 11, 2013
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Richard Blalock now knows you don’t have to be big to be a hero. He almost died, but was saved by two small ones.

The Blalock family: Lauren, 9, Richard, Sharon and Jenna, 8

The Blalock family: Lauren, 9, Richard, Sharon and Jenna, 8

His daughters Lauren, 9, and Jenna, 8, helped his wife Sharon Blalock prevent him from dying of a severe asthma attack last month in their Everett home.

Lauren, a fourth grader at Mukilteo Elementary, and Jenna, a third grader at Olivia Park Elementary, have no formal training, but followed their trained mom’s CPR instructions.

Richard, 43, suffered the asthma attack that caused him to stop breathing around 9 a.m. on Sept. 8. Just before he blacked out, he managed to say “Call 911.” His daughters were in the room and heard him.

“These three little heroes of mine did their best to keep me alive,” Richard said. “I’ve told them many, many times, ‘You guys are my heroes. You’ve really done an amazing job.’ I’m really thankful for them.”

Alerted by the girls’ screams, his wife Sharon called 911 and then she and the girls immediately started administering CPR. Sharon pumped his chest while Lauren and Jenna alternated giving mouth-to-mouth.

They continued for several minutes until paramedics arrived. It was another 3 1/2 minutes before Richard was breathing on his own.

Awake, he was transported to Providence Medical Center in Everett. He stayed there six days. Doctors said he had suffered acute respiratory failure.

Coincidentally, Richard’s own dad had died just five days earlier from an asthma attack. His heart had failed during the attack. He was 69.

“I didn’t want him to die just like his daddy,” Jenna said.

“Thank God,” Lauren said. “It was a miracle.”

Richard realizes he could have died that day, all because he hadn’t been taking care of himself.

“When [my dad] passed away, I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that I was getting sicker, and my asthma was getting out of control,” Richard said. “This was kind of my fault.”

When his attack came, Richard tried to use his hospital-grade nebulizer, but it wasn’t helping.

A nebulizer is a medical device that delivers medication in the form of mist inhaled into the lungs.

“He literally chewed the thing,” Lauren said. “There were so many bite marks on the mouthpiece.”

“The hospital had to give him a new one,” Jenna said.

After 10 seconds on the nebulizer, Richard, who has been asthmatic since he was 5, realized that this was like no other asthma attack he’d ever had.

The last thing he remembered was hearing the girls scream before he blacked out.

“They said, ‘Daddy can’t breathe,’” Sharon said. “He was turning blue. The way he looked, he was dying.”

Sharon rushed into their bedroom and saw Richard struggling to breathe on the nebulizer. He wasn’t getting enough air and was about to pass out. Then he did.

The girls called 911 and then Sharon called 911 again because she feared the paramedics weren’t going to get there fast enough. That’s when she started chest compressions and asked the girls to help by blowing air into his lungs.

“His mouth is icky,” Jenna said.

“I felt like I was kissing a 9-year-old,” Lauren said.

Lauren tilted her dad’s head back and lifted his chin – without instruction. She had seen the move on a Nickelodeon TV show and mimicked it.

“It was on ‘Sam & Cat,’ and it was this episode where a guy was getting so freaked out that he passed out, and Sam and Cat were doing CPR on him,” Lauren said. “They tilted his head back, which caused him to start breathing again.”

“I’ve actually seen the episode, and it’s a really silly scene,” Richard said. “It’s surprising they were able to learn anything of value from it.”

As paramedics wheeled him to the ambulance, Richard saw how traumatized his wife and girls were and gave his family a thumbs up to let them know he was OK.

“The fact that I was awake and alive at all was a major miracle,” he said, adding that the paramedics praised his girls for their CPR work.

In the ER, doctors gave Richard the option of going home that day or staying overnight for observation. He asked to stay.

“It was pretty serious,” he said. “My lungs were in far worse shape than I think they realized.”

Richard connected the dots from his hospital bed: He had had a close call when home alone not long before the Sept. 8 asthma attack.

“If they hadn’t been there [this time], I would be dead,” Richard said. “Eventually my heart would have stopped.”

His asthma is the result of being raised in a home with second-hand smoke. Both of his parents smoked cigarettes. Richard’s dad had COPD and smoked until the day he died.

Richard is now home from the hospital and taking medication to control his asthma. He is off bereavement leave and was back to work as of Sept. 30.

He also wears a medical alarm and GPS at all times – his wife and girls made him order it.

Richard and his family are going to counseling to deal with the trauma of his near-death experience. Jenna is taking it the hardest, but talking about it seems to help.

“That CPR training I did, there was a reason I did it,” Sharon said. “It’s just so strange to me how I’m just casually taking a class, and then someday I use it on my husband.”

All four of them are all also going to sign up to take CPR classes. Sharon wants to become an expert.

“This is a testament to the power of CPR,” Richard said, “and how you can be a hero, no matter how small you are.”

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