Son & Medics Save Mother at Home

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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Ronda Stuart-Good hardly remembers the morning her teenage son saved her, pumping her chest to mimic the rhythm of her quiet heart.

Jesse Good the Saviour Ronda Stuart-Good the Survivor

Jesse Good the Saviour Ronda Stuart-Good the Survivor

She walked inside with the dog, unhooked it from the leash and sat down at the kitchen table.

That much she knows.

Doctors would later tell her that Jesse’s quick thinking on Feb. 15 saved both her life and her brain function.

“It’s OK to feel things,” his aunt, Lisa Stuart, says. “We’ve all shed a lot of tears this past month.”

When Jesse, 14, took a babysitting course 21/2 years ago and learned CPR, he never pictured what it would be like to do it for real. On his mother.

He remembers watching her slide out of the chair and onto the floor, a moment he talks about quietly, looking down. He called 911 and, at the dispatcher’s instruction, began chest compressions.

He describes the motions of his hands as though he’s talking about someone else.

“I just remember what happened,” he says. “But I can’t remember how I felt.”

He had steady hands but he knows his voice shook on the phone as the operator told him what to do.

Five minutes later, paramedics took over, using a defibrillator three times to restart the Cole Harbour woman’s heart.

Stuart-Good says she doesn’t remember much of what happened after that, letting her sister fill in the details.

The Cole Harbour mom is slight, frequently pushing dark hair out of a face that looks younger than 43. You’d never guess she had a heart attack a month ago.

Her profile stumped doctors as well; she’s fit, doesn’t smoke and has no history of heart disease in the family.

But she was near death when paramedics rushed her to Dartmouth General Hospital. Doctors lowered her body temperature and put her in an induced coma, which she awoke from a day later, foggy, but able to recognize her mother, her cousin and a video of her two sons.

Pride creeps into Stuart’s voice when she talks about her nephew. She’s been a Mountie for more than 20 years but has never had to use her first-aid training.

She’s hoping he’ll receive an award through the Red Cross for saving his mother’s life.

She’s hopeful, too, that sharing the family’s story might encourage other parents to make sure their children take first-aid training.

It’s been a hard month for the entire family. A cardiologist found scar tissue on Stuart-Good’s heart, likely the result of a virus or bacterial infection.

The organ became progressively weaker, she says, which is why she’s now got a small defibrillator implanted in her chest.

She’s not yet well enough to go back to work at Lawton’s, but things at home are slowly returning to normal, she says.

She hardly heard her sons when she first came home, but they’re getting rowdy again. The younger boy, Jayme, is eight.

She smiles.

“I’m so proud of my boys,” she says. “So proud.”

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School Staff Save Teen at Track Practice

Posted by cocreator on June 04, 2014
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There was a big scare on a New Jersey high school track Wednesday after a student collapsed during practice.

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As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported Wednesday night, working with student athletes at Pascack Hills High School has been Steven Papa’s mission. He hoped he never had to save one, but on Wednesday he did.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got up there,” Papa said in a telephone interview.

Around 3:30 p.m., the 15-year-old boy was taking part in track practice behind Pascack Hills High School when he collapsed.

The teen was training with a former student at the time who happened to be a trained EMT, Champion reported.

The former student performed CPR while Papa rushed to the field with a defibrillator.

“I pressed the shock button to give him a shock, and once that was happening, it gave him a pulse rate back,” Papa said. “He had to continue CPR for a little while after that.”

The combined efforts brought back a strong pulse. Principal Glenn deMarrais witnessed it all.

“Your heart’s in your throat, because you don’t know what you’re going to find,” deMarrais said.

Pascack Hills high is ahead of schedule in meeting Janet’s Law. By September of this year, it requires New Jersey schools to have defibrillators within range during student athletic practices and events.

“I really think that this is a good example of when we have practices and the case where our staff, our coaching staff, is trained in CPR, we have a defibrillator on site, as well as making sure we have a certified trainer on site,” School Superintendent Eric Gundersen told CBS 2. “In unfortunate circumstances like this, we’re able to respond in a quick and efficient manner.”

The law is named after Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old who died in 2006 shortly after cheerleading practice.

“This is the perfect example of the importance of having that defibrillator and being prepared,” deMarrais said. “You never think it’s going to happen to you.”

The boy was not identified Wednesday night. He was breathing on his own when he was taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

At last check, he was stable and becoming more responsive.

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Cops & Medics Save Man during Heart Walk

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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A Lewis County man who suffered a heart attack during America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk Saturday near Utica was saved by quick-acting troopers and an EMT, the New York State Police said.

At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday Michael W. Wofford, of Glenfield, collapsed and became unresponsive near the intersection of Burrstone Road and Washington Drive in New Hartford.

One of the walkers at the heart event alerted troopers Adam Ferstand and Daniel Krajewski, state police said. The pair were working a traffic post at the intersection where Wofford collapsed.

State police said an unknown EMT who was particpating in the walk stopped and began CPR on Wofford. Ferstand grabbed an automated external defibrillator from his patrol car while Krajewski requested an ambulance via radio.

Ferstand used the AED unit on the man and an ambulance arrived on the scene to continue lifesaving measures.

Wofford was rushed to Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Facility and admitted to the intensive care unit. State police credited the quick actions of the unknown EMT and the troopers with saving Wofford’s life.

The annual heart walk fundraiser draws thousands of people to Oneida County.

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Medics Save Footballer during Game

Posted by cocreator on February 19, 2014
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Cardiac arrest footballer Mark Moore has been reunited with his lifesavers.

Mark Moore the Survivor

Mark Moore the Survivor

The Longlevens FC player collapsed on the pitch and owes his survival to a group of paramedics playing on an adjacent pitch.

His heart was shocked back into life – at the ninth attempt – and he had an emotional reunion with the men responsible. It comes as football fans in the city shout up about their sport’s place in Gloucester’s affections.

Mark had just scored when his heart stopped during a match in August 2012. Luckily, there were plenty of other players out enjoying a kickabout that day, including a team of paramedics on the adjacent pitch.

Thanks to their quick thinking and the defibrillator carried by a rapid responder, Mark’s heart was shocked back into life – at the ninth attempt.

Mark returned to action in his club’s final game that season.

His incredible story featured on BBC One programme, Real Lives Reunited this week.

Mark was replayed the emotional 999 call made by a friend on the sidelines.

In the programme he said: “I really shouldn’t have the opportunity to say what a brilliant job they done and to say thanks.”

James French, who manages Longlevens AFC, said although rugby may be number one, there is no doubting the popularity football still holds across the city.

“Football is as popular as ever in Gloucester,” he said.

“There are plenty of teams, although the standard dips a bit outside of the two main clubs at Tuffley and Longlevens.

“If football wasn’t as popular as it is, then Mark would probably not be with us today.

“It is because there were other teams playing at the same time as his match that help was on the scene so quickly.”

James added: “Mark tried to come back again in pre-season, but his defibrillator kicked in when he had another irregular heartbeat.

“He has had to retire from playing as a result but now runs our reserve team and they are doing really well.

“The community has rallied around the club and Mark during his recovery. That alone show how strong the links are with football in Gloucester.”

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Family, Cops & Medics Save Man at Home

Posted by cocreator on January 29, 2014
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Marty Burley came awfully close to death on Oct. 10.

Marty Burley the Survivor

Marty Burley the Survivor

The Apple Valley resident says he owes his life to those who sprang into action when he went into cardiac arrest – and lost consciousness – that frightful day last fall.

“I shouldn’t be here,” he said bluntly. “I did not have a pulse for 28 minutes.”

Emergency workers and family members who played a role in saving Burley’s life were recognized in a ceremony Jan. 9 at the Apple Valley City Council meeting.

Ten people in all received the Allina Lifesaver Award. They were: Burley’s girlfriend Karen Mataya and her daughter Hannah Wilhelm; dispatcher Stacie Theis; Apple Valley Police Sgt. Greg Dahlstrom and Officer Joel Horazuk; Apple Valley Fire Capt. Matt Nelson and firefighters Andy Tindell and Joe Landru; and Allina paramedics Brian Nagel and Andrew Rinerson.

“This is a really good day,” Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland said at the meeting. “Everyone acted as they were trained to do. They went above and beyond, and Marty’s here with us today.”

According to an account of the incident provided by Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson, emergency personnel were dispatched to Burley’s home at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, on a report of a man experiencing chest pain.

While they were en route, Mataya and Wilhelm began CPR with instructions provided over the phone from Dakota Communications Center dispatch.

Apple Valley police arrived first on the scene and took over lifesaving procedures using a defibrillator. The fire crew and Allina paramedics were next to arrive, and Burley, who eventually regained a pulse, was transported to the hospital.

“With that, he is alive and well,” Thompson said, noting that Burley suffered no neurological damage in the incident.

Burley, who returned to work in November at his job at a Minneapolis graphics firm, continues to do cardiac rehab three times a week.

“Oct. 10 is now my second birthday,” said Burley, noting that his actual birthday is Oct. 2. “It’s going to be a good month next year.”

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