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Bystander & Flight Attendant Save Woman on Plane

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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A woman on board a Delta flight from New York to San Diego fell unconscious on the plane when a passenger sprung into action to help.

Mitch Thrower, a local businessman in La Jolla, was on the flight returning to Lindbergh Field when he heard the flight attendant call for a doctor on board.

Thrower is no doctor but says he did not think twice and ran to the front of the first class cabin to help. He says an elderly woman was on the floor unconscious. A flight attendant was already assisting the woman.

“The first thing I did was some mouth-to-mouth to try and get her some air in her lungs while we’re doing compressions,” he said.

Thrower began performing CPR and chest compressions which he says he had just learned how to do from watching a video on YouTube.

Moments after they began resuscitative efforts, the woman regained consciousness.

“Yeah, so you could look down and as she was sort of coming to, her eyes were opening up and she had these bright blue eyes,” he said. “We were like, ‘Nana, can you hear us? Can you hear us?’ And then she nodded her head.”

Thrower said he must give most of the credit to the flight attendant, who is named Ryan Moore. He says Moore used an AED defibrillator on the woman, which likely played a role in her survival.

The plane was diverted to St. Louis where the woman was taken to an area hospital.

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Staff & Bystander Save Elderly Racquetball Player in Gym

Posted by cocreator on December 27, 2011
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Dave Carlstrom, a former Fairbanks airport marketing director and minister, had just finished playing racquetball at a gym in Seattle when his heart stopped in early December. They say he was dead.

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And he would have been, except the people around him knew just what to do — they gave him CPR and hooked him up to an automatic external defibrillator.

“You never think it will happen to you,” said Carlstrom, who turned 62 the next day. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the quick-thinking staff and members at the gym who were able to apply CPR and activate the AED within three minutes of the incident.”

It happened at the L.A. Fitness center in Ballard. After Carlstrom and his racquetball partner, Leo Muller, sat down after their game, Carlstrom felt ill.

I was “sitting down on the bench, as is our usual custom to catch a breath, putting away the gear, and suddenly feeling a profound sense of unwellness,” Carlstrom told the TV station.

Then he slid to the floor, his face turning purple.

Flight attendant Page Huletz was working out and saw what happened. As part of her airline work, she receives periodic training on CPR and the use of external defibrillators.

As the employees of the health club rushed to perform CPR on Dave, Huletz reached for the electronic device.

“Right away we shocked him, his body comes up off the floor, and then the shock is absorbed and he took his first breath, and that was a miracle right there,” Huletz.

Dave was in the hospital for five days and is back at home. The story says he was “banned” from the racquetball courts until January.

He appeared on the TV story with the flight attendant who saved him and he also posed for pictures with the fire department personnel, who arrived in less than four minutes, and the health club workers.

“There’s been enormous mercy and grace in my life,” Dave said.

I asked Dave by email what it felt like when his heart stopped. He repeated the comment about the mercy and grace that has come his way and said:

“As for what it was like … after keeling over (quick, painless … great way to exit this mortal stage, albeit with a few loose ends for successors and assigns) I only saw darkness, i.e., no beckoning tunnel of light, etc.,” he said.

“I asked our pastor if I should be concerned. She thought a moment and inquired, ‘What was the temperature?’ No flames, so the matter was deemed theologically inconclusive … could be going either way.”

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Flight Attendant & Passenger Save Man on Plane

Posted by cocreator on November 29, 2010
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Brian Delaney remembers nothing of the eight minutes that cabin crew and passengers spent trying to revive him after a heart attack, but he believes Zoe Moran saved his life.

Brian Delaney the Survivor with Zoe Moran the Saviour

On the tarmac at Wellington Airport, the 26-year-old flight attendant used a defibrillator to resuscitate Mr Delaney when his heart stopped just before takeoff.

Mr Delaney, 73, is recovering at Wellington Hospital, his journey from his Gisborne home to visit family in Dunedin on Thursday interrupted by his second heart attack in eight years.

He had been talking to the passenger next to him when his head started spinning – and after that he remembers nothing of the commotion on the 50-seater Air Nelson Bombadier Q300 until he came around.

“I looked up at five faces and thought, where the hell am I? It could be hospital, or in an an ambulance.”

Miss Moran said a passenger had run up to her to tell her a man was having a seizure, so she dashed to Mr Delaney.

“He was sitting in his chair, his eyes were rolling back in his head and his teeth were moving. I said he’s not having a seizure, he’s having a heart attack.”

She ran to get a defibrillator. Although one is carried on every Air Nelson plane, it was the first time one had been used. She gave Mr Delaney a shock with the defibrillator, and another passenger started chest compressions.

Miss Moran, who has worked for Air Nelson for 16 months, said her training kicked in and she went through the procedures she had learnt but never imagined she would use, while anxiously hoping the medics stationed at the airport would turn up.

“It felt like a long time … I was relieved when they got there, I had been starting to shake.”

Mr Delaney’s daughter, Kaaren Dooher, had been waiting for him at Dunedin Airport.

“When I saw the plane was delayed, I thought that better not be Dad. Then they paged me.”

Doctors will carry out further tests today to try to determine what caused Mr Delaney’s attack.

Yesterday, he had nothing but praise for the airport and hospital staff. And he was relieved his heart attack had not occurred minutes later. “If we had been in the air, I would not be here.”

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Flight Attendant & Paramedics Save Shopper after Recent Training

Posted by cocreator on November 16, 2010
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Clackamas firefighters say flight attendant Jacqueline Countryman began chest compressions seconds after Mary Kay Stupfel went into cardiac arrest while shopping at Safeway on Southeast Webster Road on Oct. 17.

Countryman continued compressions while firefighters arrived and readied their defibrillator.

“When the firefighter/paramedics from Clackamas Fire arrived on scene, they were surprised and impressed to see Jacqueline doing such focused and ‘by the book’ chest compressions,” says Steve McAdoo, spokesman for Clackamas Fire District #1.

Stupfel was revived with one shock and was soon breathing on her own again.

“The crew and doctors all agree the only reason Mary Kay is alive today is due to the chest compressions, the shock provided by the crew and most of all, the quick reaction of flight attendant Julie Countryman,” McAdoo says.

Firefighters say Countryman had recently completed her annual CPR training for her job.

At a news conference today, Countryman said that when she realized Stupfel was suffering from cardiac arrest she knew just what to do.

“I didn’t even hesitate when I saw Mary Kay. You just go into action,” Countryman says.

She is expected to be given the Citizen Life Saving Award on Monday evening at the Clackamas Fire District board meeting, which will be attended by Stupfel and her two sons.

“That’s all I can do is continually thank her for giving me back my life. That’s what she did,” Stupfel says.

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