Bystanders Save Elderly Baseball Coach at Sportsplex

Posted by cocreator on June 08, 2012
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When an assistant youth baseball coach’s heart stopped during picture day for his 11-year-old grandson’s recreational team, a whole team of adults rallied around to save him.

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Quick CPR and a defibrillator saved Charlie England’s life and brain, authorities told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ).

“Brain damage can start occurring after only two to three minutes,” said Dr. Karl Crossen, a cardiologist. “Had more time passed before he got help, his situation might be very different.”

England collapsed while the Mooreville Troopers were being photographed May 3 at the W.K. Webb Sportsplex in Saltillo.

“He was blue when he hit the ground,” said coach Ryan Lovvorn.

Pharmacist Shonda Willis and nurse Shonda Clayton, who have sons on the team, immediately started CPR. Parent Lisa Franks called 911. Lovvorn and assistant Tommy Sudduth, a Tupelo firefighter, took turns at CPR. So did nurses Heather Bowen, Greg Parham and Jimmy Little, who had been watching their children at neighboring fields.

“There’s no one hero here,” Sudduth said.

Susan Martin, a Saltillo High School teacher who was taking team photographs, ran to find an automated external defibrillator. Earlier that day, she said, she’d been a hall monitor during state tests. “I spent four hours staring at the AED on the wall,” she said. “I knew if we had one at school, they had to have one here.”

England said, “I woke up in the ambulance, and didn’t know where I was or what had happened.”

Lovvorn, Sudduth and the parents asked the team whether they wanted to play or leave. “They decided they wanted to win one for Mr. Charlie,” Lovvorn said.

They did, then went to the North Mississippi Medical Center emergency room to check on England.

England spent a week in the hospital and now has an implanted defibrillator which can detect abnormal heart rhythms and shock the heart back to normal.

The day he was released, he was back at the ball fields.

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Pharmacy Staff Save Driver in Crashed Car

Posted by cocreator on July 14, 2010
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The quick-acting staff of a pharmacy in Limerick, Ireland recently saved a man’s life with an AED following a car accident.

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Fortunately for the patient, employees at DocMorris Pharmacy on William Street in Limerick had just received life-saving training on the AED a few days earlier.

Pharmacy manager Linda O’Brien said they were trained how to use the defibrillator on Tuesday and the accident happened right after lunch on Friday. “We were lucky the accident didn’t occur a week earlier when we were not equipped with an AED.”

It is believed the middle-aged man went into sudden cardiac arrest while driving up the street and crashed his vehicle into an unmarked Garda (Irish police) car.

Passersby alerted the pharmacy staff who rushed to the scene and retrieved their portable defibrillator as soon as they saw the victim’s condition.

Pharmacist Fatima Sadek used the AED to deliver a shock until paramedics arrived.

he man is expected to make a full recovery in a nearby hospital.

“We never thought we would have to use the AED so soon. The AED guided us through every step of the way,” said O’Brien. “I never realized how important AEDs were until the incident. Every business should have one.”

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