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Paramedics & Doctors Save Elderly Hockey Player on the Field

Posted by cocreator on March 26, 2012
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A man who suffered a heart scare at the National Masters Hockey Tournament has donated more than $5000 to Hockey Manawatu for a new defibrillator.

John Nimmo the Survivor

John Nimmo, of the North Harbour 60s men’s team, had a cardiac episode at their match against Manawatu on Thursday.

Speaking to the Manawatu Standard from his bed at North Shore Hospital, he said he was “incredibly grateful” to St John, tournament organisers and doctors who were coincidentally on the scene.

“One thing I have learned from this is how it all works, and how vitally important it is to have one of these on hand immediately. I really had no idea how important it was.”

The life-saving device works by shocking the heart, so it can resume a steady beat.

Mr Nimmo said he and his wife Catherine thought it would be “a nice thing to do” to give $5800 to Hockey Manawatu for a defibrillator and training for its use.

Hockey Manawatu operations manager Warren Banks said it was a “wonderful gesture”. “We are very grateful to John and Catherine, and will certainly be talking with the right contacts to get a defibrillator as soon as possible.”

Mr Banks said St John attended all tournaments hosted by the club, and would continue to do so, but a defibrillator would add another element of safety.

Mr Nimmo was initially taken to Palmerston North Hospital, then transferred to Auckland by air, where he is recovering. There was no damage to his heart, and doctors were running tests.

Among the possibilities being considered was Long QT syndrome. That is a rare inborn heart condition which can cause heart palpitations, fainting and in the worst cases, sudden death.

But Mr Nimmo said he was hopeful he could still play hockey.

Just as well for the veteran, who has been selected to play for a New Zealand team at a tournament in Britain in August.

MidCentral District Health Board clinical director for child health Jeff Brown was playing hockey on an adjacent field and rushed to Mr Nimmo’s aid, along with St John medics and Auckland heart surgeon Andrew Hill.

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Friends Save Hockey Goalie at Rink

Posted by cocreator on February 29, 2012
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Zach Young was 21 years old in January when he got a phone call inviting him to play hockey — a call that probably saved his life.


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Zach was home on Long Island with his dad when a friend invited him to the rink in nearby Bethpage. Once he got there, Zach’s heart stopped suddenly and without warning.

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“I was sitting on one of the bleachers right out side the rink and apparently I started to feel really hot and I just went down.”

Zach collapsed just before 11 p.m. that night. His quick-thinking friends grabbed an automatic external defibrillator, attached the pads on Zach’s chest, and pressed the button. Doctors said he would have died without it.

“I turned the AED on, it advised a shock,” said Rich Holscher, Zach’s friend. “I shocked him once. Chris started CPR.”

Zach was in the right place at the right time: at the Sportime hockey rink with his friends and a trained staff.

His family said had Zach not gotten the call to go play he would have stayed home that night, gone to bed, and never woken up.

“The fact that they needed a goalie and they called me is essentially one of the only reasons why I’m still here,” he said.

“We did what we had to do,” said Chris O’Connor. “I’m a police officer, Richie’s a nursing student. This is unfortunately some of the stuff we have to train for.”

Zach was rushed from the rink to the hospital where he was shocked 10 more times. He was put into a medically induced coma for a week before he woke up. It turns out he has a genetic condition that was never diagnosed. He is expected to make a full recovery.

His parents are thrilled.

“Our lives have changed,” said Audrey Young, Zach’s mother. “We are happy. He’s healthy, getting better everyday.”

Zach now has a defibrillator to shock his heart if it stops. He said it is a small price to pay for a new life.

“I was given another chance and I intend to do everything with it,” he said.

He is going to start by heading back to Binghamton University in the fall.

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Arena Staff & Paramedic Save 20 Year Old during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on April 26, 2010
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It was around 10:25 a.m. on Saturday at the R.J. Kennedy Memorial Arena in Cumberland and Roch Leduc, Ottawa paramedic superintendent, was waiting for his wife to arrive when a 20-year-old man collapsed on the playing surface.


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The (game) became all quiet suddenly,” said Leduc. “I saw the individual on the ground and I figured maybe he had tripped or some-thing.”

He said 10 to 12 long seconds went by and still the man wasn’t moving. That’s when his focus became squarely on the downed player. I thought to myself, ‘OK, now get up,’ but he didn’t.”

One of the other players waved for help and Leduc jumped from his seat. As he got closer, it became apparent there was a serious problem.

“When I put him on his back, I noticed he had no pulse, he wasn’t breathing and so I started doing chest compression.”

As he was performing CPR, someone went to the rink attendant, who ran over with the arena’s defibrillator.

I grabbed the package from her, opened it up and placed the pads on the man. We delivered a shock and did CPR for another minute or so. The machine automatically analyzed the situation and delivered a second shock.

We carried on and then he started blinking his eyes and moaning and groaning, so I stopped and checked for a pulse. He was breathing on his own and had a good pulse.”

Leduc said as much as four minutes might have passed before the man breathed again.

It was close.” As if the patient wasn’t already lucky enough to have a paramedic in the arena, Leduc was only there because his wife was running a little late. I was waiting 10 minutes for my wife to arrive, otherwise I wouldn’t have been there at all.”

By the time an advanced care paramedic unit arrived, the man was awake and talking.

He was taken to hospital, where his status was upgraded from life-threatening condition to stable condition.

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Firefighter & Nurses Save Ex-Cop during Hockey

Posted by cocreator on January 12, 2010
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Derek Robison, a Weymouth firefighter since 2006 and a certified emergency medical technician, 38, was watching the hockey game of his 6-year-old son, Donovan, when a man wearing hockey skates came rushing out from one of the other rinks shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

He was looking for a doctor.

“He said someone needed help,” Robison said.

Robison and a nurse, whose daughter plays on his son’s Weymouth Youth Hockey team, ran over to see what they could do.

“Someone said he (McCracken) had just come off the ice when he collapsed near the bench,” Robison said.

Others had gathered around retired police Lt. Joseph McCracken, 65, and were trying to help him when the unidentified nurse and Robison pitched in with their life-saving efforts.

The nurse and the firefighter used CPR to keep retired police Lt. Joseph McCracken, 65, alive with blood flowing to his heart and brain.

That’s when a pro-shop worker, Derek Benton saw what was going on, suspected the victim was suffering from a heart attack and knew the nearest defibrillator unit was across the street at the Queen Anne Nursing home. “I just bolted out the door, “said Benton. “I knew he needed the de-fib unit.”

“I put one pad on one side of his chest,” said Duxbury firefighter Jim Kittredge,” and Sharon Demio put the other pad near his heart.”

A Hingham Fire Department ambulance arrived minutes later to take McCracken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, where he was listed in good condition Tuesday.

Hoby Taylor, Pilgrim’s president, said McCracken has been renting ice time for men’s hockey games for many years.

“He’s a very, very nice man,” Taylor said. “It’s very rare that something like this happens.”

“I can’t say thank you enough to the people who helped my father,” said Lisa McCracken, the daughter of Joe McCracken, who had a heart attack while playing hockey over the weekend.

“We did what we were trained to do,” Robison said.

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Players Save Man at Ice Hockey Centre

Posted by cocreator on September 18, 2009
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On July 9, Peck, the Rockford IceHogs vice president of communications, and other members of the front office were in Chicago for a prospect camp at an ice rink near the United Center, home to the NHL’s Blackhawks. The IceHogs are the Hawks’ top minor league affiliate.

After a morning practice, the group went to lunch and then headed to the United Center, where Peck was busy lining up interviews with members of the Blackhawks organization.

Peck was standing outside the locker room when he collapsed.

IceHogs trainer DJ Jones was the first to reach Peck, and was quickly assisted by Blackhawks trainer Mike Gapski and assistant trainer Jeff Thomas.

Jones’ initial thought was that Peck had suffered a seizure.

“He was a bit convulsive,” he said. “He was making a moaning sound, his skin was ashen color, his lips were purple, and he wasn’t breathing enough to sustain himself.

The trainers performed CPR and used an automated electronic defibrillator, or AED, to shock Peck’s heart before paramedics arrived.

“It was definitely a tense situation,” Jones said.

Peck was rushed to Cook County Hospital, and eventually transferred to Northwest Memorial. He was hospitalized for nine days.

“I don’t remember much of it,” Peck said. “But I was told I had cardiac arrest, and that I went into a coma for 10 to 12 hours.”

Doctors performed a battery of tests. They determined that Peck suffered from a condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.

Doctors surgically implanted a defibrillator, which is a pacemakerlike device, to monitor Peck’s heart beat and automatically deliver a shock if an arrhythmia occurs.

Doctors surgically implanted a defibrillator, which is a pacemakerlike device, to monitor Peck’s heart beat and automatically deliver a shock if an arrhythmia occurs.

Peck, who has been with the IceHogs for nine years, returned to work shortly after being released from the hospital.

Peck was named United Hockey League Broadcaster of the Year six years ago, and earned the league’s PR Director Award the next year.

Peck said his health won’t hinder his work behind the microphone. “If I don’t get excited, how can the fans get excited about what they’re listening to?” he said.

“The lifesaver in all of this was the AED unit,” Jones said. “We may have had a different outcome. The AED did its job.”

Peck said his health scare has opened his eyes to the important things in life. He and his wife, Andie, have a 17-month-old daughter named Maddie.

“I was really close to leaving my daughter without a father, and my wife without a husband,” he said. “I count my blessings every morning when I wake up. You can’t take anything for granted.”

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