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Grandmother Save Two Year Old Grandson from Choking

Posted by cocreator on November 26, 2013
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SHARON Cura and her husband, Dan, feared their two-year-old grandson Beau had died after he suddenly stopped talking and slumped to the floor, his face an ashen grey.

The couple had watched him chattering away to his mother Hayley on the phone while enjoying his lunch of roast chicken pieces, and one of them got stuck in his throat.

Luckily nursery manager Sharon, 50, from Birkhill, Fife, instantly knew what to do – and what she must never do. She had completed a Paedriatrics first aid course for her job, and had also taken the full First Aid At Work course with St Andrews in Dundee.

“You’re taught to put the child’s head to the floor and to use the heel of your hand to deliver four hard slaps between the shoulder blades to dislodge the foreign body, but even though I was thumping his back repeatedly with my fist, at one point I thought it wasn’t working and he wasn’t coming back,” she said.

“It’s really difficult to do that to a wee child and especially one of your own. I didn’t want to hurt him yet I felt I was breaking him. Doing it in real life is different from learning it in class and it’s terrifying, but you have to hold your nerve.”

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Colleagues Save Grandmother during Town Meeting

Posted by cocreator on October 29, 2012
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“The last thing I remember is feeling as though I was losing my hearing and opening my mouth to say something,” said Mary Ellen Greb about the seconds before she went into cardiac arrest on July 9, 2012.


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Chief administration officer (CAO) with the Township of South-West Oxford, Greb was in a meeting at the Mt. Elgin Community Hall when she fell ill.

Seeing she was in trouble, people around her – including hall board members Dawn Fewster, Dave Lucas and Marg Green – reacted swiftly.

Mary Ellen Greb the Survivor

While a 911 call went out over a cell phone, Fewster, Lucas and Green initiated CPR and deployed an automatic external defibrillator (AED) that the centre was equipped with in 2008.

The quick action by people at the hall, emergency services and the use of the AED saved Greb’s life.

On Monday, Oct. 22, Oxford County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recognized Fewster, Lucas and Green for their role in saving Greb.

Each of the three rescuers was presented with a certificate for their efforts during a ceremony at the Mt. Elgin Community Hall.

“It’s just something that you do,” said Fewster about how she and her fellow board members reacted. “God was in the room with us. He was helping us.”

Fewster, Lucas and Green have been trained in using an AED since before the device was placed in the hall.

“At the time (when we were training), I remember thinking, ‘I hope I never have to do this (for real),’” said Fewster. “Little did I know July 9, (2012), I’d be working with it and I’d be saving a friend.”

It was the second time Lucas has been involved in helping someone in cardiac arrest. He performed CPR on a victim when he was a co-op student at Lambton College in the 1980s, but survival wasn’t in the cards.

On Monday, Lucas took his certificate out of its frame and asked Greb to sign it.

Greb is the first person to have been saved as a result of Oxford’s AED initiative.

She has made her story public to highlight the importance of the devices and encourage people to get CPR training.

“It was an evening like no other,” said Greb who became a grandmother for the second time a month ago. “It was an eye-opener and it proved what I’ve known all along – that this is an incredibly special community. Thank you so much, I just can’t say that enough.”

Joe Pember, manager of Oxford County Emergency Services, thanked Greb for sharing her story to help further the cause for a cardiac safe community. He said she is an example of how everything can come together in a successful outcome.

“I hope her story will spur more people to learn CPR and the use of AEDs,” he said.

Still, some people hesitate to perform CPR out of fear that they’ll do it wrong and do more harm than good.

“You can’t make someone in cardiac arrest worse, it’s impossible,” Pember said. “You can only make them better.”

As a token of appreciation for what hall board members did, Greb’s family made a $500 donation to the facility on Monday.

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Grandmother Saves Hockey Player in Arena

Posted by cocreator on January 25, 2012
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She helped save a man’s life after he collapsed during a hockey game, but Rose Wood chalked it up to a defibrillator and team work.


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“My best friend is there on that wall,” the fitness instructor said, pointing to the defibrillator hanging outside the community arenas at the WFCU Centre where she teaches fitness classes and staffs the reception desk.

Rose Wood the Saviour

On Friday at around 8 p.m., she was at the desk when a man ran out of a pickup hockey game telling her to call 911. Another player had collapsed on his way off the ice.

Right away, Wood’s safety training and her people-organizing skills kicked in.

“It was a team effort,” the 54-year-old grandmother of four boys said.

She instructed the other desker to call an ambulance, grabbed the defibrillator off the wall, rushed into the arena to where the man — who she can only describe as in his 40s and little heavy — was lying on the black rubber floor.

“I just did it,” Wood said, describing how she got down on the ground, shouted for help to get the man’s hockey jersey off, and asked a woman nearby to help her put the defibrillator pads on the man’s chest and under his right arm.

The other 20 or so people were told to stand back when she pressed the button on the defibrillator to release the electric charge.

“He jumped,” Wood said about the shock sent to the man’s heart. “I had never seen that before.”

She gave mouth-to-mouth while she instructed the woman nearby — whom Wood said she did not recognize, but would like to thank for her help — to do chest compressions on the man.

“It seemed like hours,” Wood said. “I yelled, ‘Where is that ambulance?’”

One player was posted to the arena entrance to hail the ambulance, a second was given the task of clearing a path in the crowd for the paramedics, and a third was told to help emergency workers cross the ice safely.

Doug Sweet, who manages the arena, said he could not confirm who the man was or where he was taken to hospital, but he said he believed he was taken to a hospital in Detroit.

“We know he’s doing well,” Sweet said, adding that all the staff are very proud of how Wood managed the situation.

“I just bawled my eyes out,” Wood said, describing her reaction once the paramedics took over. “I couldn’t stop,” she said, adding that she was still shaking a little on Monday night.

Wood regularly goes through safety training as a fitness instructor, but she has never had to put her skills into practice in real life, she said, despite having worked in this field since 1987.

“I never want to do it again, but if I have to, I have no qualms,” she said. In fact, she added jokingly, she wants to find out just how long the whole process took so that if she has to do it again, she can beat her time.

Wood joked that the defibrillator is the real hero of the story and thinks she might give the little machine a name, but the experience has made her more aware of where defibrillators are in public places, whether it’s at the mall where she was running errands on the weekend, or at the arena where her grandchildren play hockey in Belle River.

The arena has eight defibrillators, Sweet said, adding that since it opened, there have been six heart attacks.

With thousands of people attending games and playing games each night, he said, it’s almost inevitable one will happen at some point, but thanks to the defibrillators and trained staff, the arena is prepared for this type of emergency.

The staff are trained annually in CPR and defibrillator use and undergo quarterly emergency training.

“Everybody in these situations works as a team,” Sweet said.

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Mall Shoppers & Staff Save Grandmother

Posted by cocreator on January 12, 2010
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Ellen Davis, a 69-year-old Zillah grandmother and substitute schoolteacher, collapsed about 6 a.m in West Valley Walmart on Nov. 27, the busy shopping day known as Black Friday.

Almost immediately she was surrounded by help.

Off-duty nurses and firefighters who were shopping, a police officer working store security and Walmart employees all pitched in.

Some of them performed CPR.

They kept Davis alive until the ambulance arrived nine minutes later.

Her heart was revived with an electric shock en route to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

One worker ran to fetch a first aid kit while other workers formed a human chain to give the rescue workers room to move.

Stephanie Pruett, a Walmart employee who performed the first chest compressions on Davis.

Some of the rescuers include :

Sgt. Mike Henne of the Yakima Police Department, who was working as private security for Walmart and performed CPR.

Tara Prescott, an off-duty Memorial Hospital registered nurse who performed CPR.

Ed Vertrees, an off-duty Yakima Training Center firefighter who performed CPR.

Sara Wisner, an off-duty registered nurse, who helped keep Davis’ airway open during CPR and helped ambulance workers keep a tight seal on a respirator bag.

As far as she can tell, Davis has fully recovered from the incident, though she has a stent in her heart and her family teases her about brain damage.

“I am just about normal as far as that goes, but that’s not saying a lot,” she said with a laugh.

She appreciated all her rescuers’ efforts, but they didn’t surprise her.

“A lot of people, more than you realize, are willing to help people in any way they can,” Davis said.

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