Parents & Uncle Save Toddler from Drowning

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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Cool heads and cardiopulmonary-resuscitation skills saved a 2-year-old girl who almost drowned near Vallecito Reservoir.

The incident took place Sunday evening north of the reservoir, where the Williams family of Mesa, Ariz., has a vacation home. The girl’s parents thought their older children would keep an eye on Clara when she went outside. They then realized the older kids had come inside, and Clara was outside alone, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District Chief Bruce Evans said.

“She found her way out onto the ice of the pond,” he said. “The child broke through the ice near where a stream feeds the pond and fell head first into the water.”

Shortly thereafter, the Williams noticed Clara’s pink shoes protruding from the hole and pulled her from the water.

“She was not breathing at that time,” Evans said. “The parents began CPR, and with the direction of the uncle, performed CPR, rescue breathing and rewarming of the child.”

The uncle had been a member of the Boy Scouts, where he learned how to resuscitate someone who has been immersed in cold water.

“The family revived the child prior to paramedics from Upper Pine River Fire arriving,” Evans said. “The first-arriving crews found the child blue in color but crying.”

The call came in at 6:25 p.m., and paramedics arrived about 12 minutes later from Upper Pine’s station below the Vallecito Dam.

Evans said no one knows exactly how long Clara was under water.

Clara survived with no neurological damage because of the mammalian diving reflex, Evans said. When the face hits extremely cold water, particularly in the very young, the heartbeat drops and the metabolism slows.

The record for immersion in cold water without suffering major neurological damage is Joey Garza’s 38 minutes in a river outside Fargo, N.D., Evans said.

Clara was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where doctors kept her overnight for observation. Deemed healthy, she went home Monday with her family.

“This had a great outcome due to a family with CPR training, who remained collected under the worst of circumstances,” Evans said.

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Parents & Bystanders Save 9 Year Old at Beach

Posted by cocreator on January 04, 2014
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The father of a nine-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest at Jervis Bay on Thursday has described the event as a “nightmare filled with angels”.

The boy was airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick where he remains in a serious condition.
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The father told Fairfax Media he wanted to pass on his gratitude to everyone who came to his family’s aid at Collingwood Beach in Vincentia, particularly Les Clayton who he said had a calming influence on those involved.

The family is keeping a bedside vigil at the hospital, and at this stage did not wish to make their son’s name public.

The boy remains in a serious condition.

“The people on the beach, the ambulance guys, the police and the hospital staff were absolutely fabulous,” he said.

“This has been an absolute nightmare filled with angels.”

The young boy was chasing a plastic bag that had contained the family’s sun cream when he collapsed.

“The wind grabbed the plastic. I said to my son to run and grab it.

“He took off like a rabbit after it. He’s a very athletic kid. He does martial arts a few days a week, plays cricket and soccer, he’s not overweight, he’s more of a skin and bones boy.

“There had been no indication of any heart problems.

“He collapsed on the beach and my wife discovered him.

“I noticed her distress so I ran to her and picked him up and carried him about 50 metres to the entrance to the beach. Then my wife and I started CPR – we’re both trained in first aid.”

He said a man on the beach, also trained in first aid, came to help while someone came down from up on the street relaying instructions from triple 0.

“Mr Clayton was the fourth person to arrive and help but he was the most calm person among us.

“Between the four of us we took turns and kind of muddled our way through until the ambos came and then we stopped.

“They told us to keep going, so we did while they set up their gear.”

He said he and his wife were both trained in first aid, but believed the stress of treating his unconscious son may have affected their ability to perform CPR.

“Some of my training kicked in. I was just a mess,” he said.

“The shock and panic is why we were so happy to have Les and another guy helping us.

“I am a trained first aider for my work but once my kid is back on his feet I’m going to re-accredit myself every year.

“My son’s condition is still serious but it is looking promising at the moment,” he said.

The family was on holiday in the Shoalhaven and hope to return one day to thank those who helped them.

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Parent & Athletic Trainer Save Softball Coach at School

Posted by cocreator on June 08, 2012
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An animated Rich Keller recently stood at third base on a beautiful spring afternoon, his hands delivering a series of signals that let his batter know she should lay down a bunt.

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No one would ever guess that Schaumburg High School’s freshman softball coach had collapsed — just one month earlier — at that very spot on the team’s home field.

“The girls thought I was just messing around, laying on the ground trying to sun myself or something,” Keller, 63, recalled. “Turns out, I was in trouble.”

Rich Keller the Survivor

And a nearby automatic external defibrillator saved him.

Fortunately Lake Zurich’s Keller, a lot went right in the crucial moments after an often fatal ventricular fibrillation caused his cardiac arrest.

There was Joe Boshold, the alert parent who raced from the stands to start chest compressions. There also was Kelly Wika, the Schaumburg High School athletic trainer stationed nearby.

And, perhaps most importantly, there was the quickly accessible automatic external defibrillator.

With it located just steps away at the adjacent varsity girls softball field, Wika grabbed the portable device, ran back and gave the unconscious and pulseless Keller two shocks that stabilized him and bought time until paramedics arrived.

Keller’s doctor told him he was among only 5 percent of patients who survive such an episode. And of those who live, only 20 percent have no debilitating effects afterward.

“The whole thing is kind of miraclelike because 12 days later, my grandson was born,” Keller said. “I couldn’t help but think I almost didn’t meet him.”

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Teacher Saves Parent in School

Posted by cocreator on February 10, 2011
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Janyne Durrant-Pratt, who collapsed as she went to pick up her eight-year-old daughter Lucie, described teacher David Board as one of her heroes – and both of them said what happened highlights the importance of having defibrillators in public places and of people learning basic lifesaving skills.

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Her family – which also includes her husband Martin and their eldest daughter Sophie, 14 – live next door to Frettenham Primary Partnership School, and on November 10 last year before she could reach the school gates Mrs Durrant-Pratt suffered a cardiac arrest.

Janyne Durrant-Pratt the Survivor

Everyone rallied around to help her. Parent Bill Sainsbury-Logan started CPR before Mr Board took over and in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrived used the school’s defibrillator to shock Mrs Durrant-Pratt, 39, and help her heart’s rhythm return to normal. Mrs Durrant-Pratt spent three weeks in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and is still recovering. She is deeply grateful to Mr Board and everybody who helped her.

She said: “I am very thankful to each and every person who was there. If it had not been for them and the school’s defibrillator who knows what would have happened.

“David has always been on a pedestal as far as being a teacher goes because he has a fantastic ability with the children. What he did on November 10 proved to me that he really is a hero. David will always be someone that is very special to me. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me.”

Mr Board said: “I am just an ordinary person who has had the correct training so if I can do it other people can too.

“All schools should have defibrillators because they could mean the difference between life and death.”

He stressed lots of people helped after Mrs Durrant-Pratt collapsed.

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Parents Save Daughter at Home

Posted by cocreator on January 20, 2010
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As Emilie Bioty’s boyfriend drove her to her Vandercook Lake home in August, she collapsed in the front passenger seat.

Emilie Bioty (right) the Survivor

Emilie Bioty (right) the Survivor

Boyfriend Dalton Smaga made it into her driveway and ran into the house to alert Bioty’s parents, Alecia and Tom Bioty.

They performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

“They didn’t think she was going to make it,” Tom Bioty said. “We thought we had lost our baby.”

The 17-year-old survived, but she was an exception. She suffered from cardiac arrest, which kills more than 90 percent of its victims.

The Bioty family now encourage people to get trained in CPR, and Alecia Bioty says it should be taught in health classes at schools.

“You may never have to use it, but if you do need it, it’s there,” she said.

Emilie Bioty later was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome, a disorder that can cause a person to develop a dangerous heart rhythm called an arrhythmia. Now she takes medication and has a pacemaker and defibrillator.

After her near-death experience, Emilie Bioty stopped worrying about the small things and what people think about her, she said. She is a junior at Vandercook Lake High School.

“I have the support of my family, and we are dealing with what we think is our new normal,” she said.

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