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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Teacher Save 15 Year Old at School Athletics Carnival

Posted by cocreator on June 04, 2014
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Despite being just 15, Billy Sawyer had fallen victim to a heart attack — a condition which some experts believe could be underestimated in young people.

Billy Sawyer the Survivor

Billy Sawyer the Survivor

Billy said he felt “a bit dizzy” after placing fourth in the 100m race at his school athletics carnival on Wednesday but went on to compete in the long jump “without any problems”.

“I remember lining up for the 200m and I have a vague image in my head of running but that’s all I remember … Then I woke up in hospital,” Billy said.

He ran but as he crossed the line, Billy collapsed face-first on the ground in front of shocked students and onlookers.

Mr Lawicki, the Year 10 PE teacher at St Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah Lakes, ran to help and found Billy convulsing on the ground.

But the situation turned “very serious” when Billy stopped breathing, the colour drained from his face and Mr Lawicki — a first-aid and resuscitation trainer with years of experience — could not find a pulse.

“I launched into (CPR) aggressively, that’s the way we teach it, you’re better off doing something than nothing,” he said.

Mr Lawicki managed to get Billy’s heart started again and breathing and he was flown to The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. Billy has undergone a series of tests and has more to come as teams of neurological and cardiovascular experts try and pin down exactly what sparked the collapse.

Heading the investigation is his doctor, Dr Yew Wee Chua, who said it appeared Billy didn’t have a heart attack in the conventional sense — it was more an interference with the “electrical conduction of the heart”.

“The good thing his teacher Mr Lawicki could do CPR,” Dr Chua said yesterday.

Professor of medicine at the George Institute and Sydney University Vlado Perkovic said while heart attacks in young people were rare, they were not unheard of.

International studies estimated the risk of cardiac arrest in young people at about one in 100,000.

Professor Perkovic said heart attacks were often the cause of sudden and unexpected deaths in young people but went undiagnosed and the cause of death incorrectly attributed to a head injury or other coinciding condition.

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Nurse & Allied Healthworker Save Man in Fitness Gym

Posted by cocreator on January 23, 2014
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No matter how complicated your relationship with fitness is, it’s probably not as complicated as Justin Gress’.

Justin Gress the Survivor, Joy Loiseau & Jill Weisenberger the Saviours

Justin Gress the Survivor, Joy Loiseau & Jill Weisenberger the Saviours

The 34-year-old West Fargo man was nearly killed by exercise when, during an hour-long run on a treadmill, he was struck by a sudden heart attack that left him in a coma two Sundays ago, Jan. 12.

However, it was also that training regimen that may have helped save his life.

“If it was going to happen then, it was going to happen eventually,” Gress said.

Jill Weisenberger, who was at Snap Fitness in West Fargo working out at the time, said her husband, who was on the treadmill next to Gress, saw Gress step up his running pace just before he collapsed. At that point, Gress had been on the treadmill for nearly an hour.

“Anyone who can run on the treadmill for an hour has got to be in pretty good shape,” Weisenberger said. “Very much a fluke-type thing.”

Joy Loiseau was on the treadmill on the other side. She was feeling exhausted after a long day working at the hospital, and seeing her own red, sweaty face, glanced at Gress.

“I looked over for some dumb reason,” she said, “and saw he wasn’t sweating much.”

She turned away – and Gress went down.

What Weisenberger and Loiseau didn’t know, and what Gress is thankful to be around to describe today, is his history of drinking and smoking and his spotty relationship with exercise.

Gress said he first started running back in 2010, to do a 10K, but had fallen off his training routine afterward.

Weisenberger didn’t know this, but she did know heart attacks. She had worked with heart patients 25 years before in her long career as a nurse.

“If someone that’s in their 30s goes down,” Weisenberger said, “You’re thinking they’re not going to come out of it.”

Loiseau and Weisenberger at first thought it was a stroke. Then they realized Gress had no pulse and they began chest compressions, taking turns for more than 10 agonizing minutes to keep him alive while the ambulance was on its way.

Luckily, Loiseau, a speech pathologist, had taken CPR training before.

Meanwhile, another gym member stayed on the phone with the hospital, while a fourth went through Gress’ belongings, trying to see what medical conditions he might have.

“What happened to me – they call it a widow maker – the chances of making it are so slim,” said Gress, who doesn’t remember anything of the day. “I was clinically dead for 10 minutes.”

Erin Gress, Justin’s twin sister, said her brother’s doctors told her one of his arteries was 80 percent blocked. The run could have caused a piece of the blockage to break off, they said, but the running had also strengthened his heart, which helped him survive.

“He’s very healthy; he runs every day,” she said. “And it just wasn’t good enough.”

She said she’s already changed her diet and plans to quit smoking after seeing her brother dodge a bullet.

When her brother woke up, her mother had not left his side once, she said. When doctors brought him out of the medically induced coma, the first person he asked to see was his infant daughter, Ava, who was born Dec. 20.

Gress has been home since Jan. 17 – a mere five days after his heart attack.

He’s planning to start rehab soon, and he’s already talking about hitting the treadmill again, though he doubts he’ll be cleared by doctors to run in this year’s marathon as he’d hoped.

“I almost didn’t get to be a father to my little girl,” he said. “Every day, it’s another level of thankfulness you’re around.”

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Doctors, Bystander & Cop Save Fellow Cop during Marathon

Posted by cocreator on December 12, 2013
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Andrew Rosbrook is a lean 47-year-old runner with a clean shaven head and a quick stride. The Toronto police officer was brought up in England in the town of Basildon, just outside of London.

Andrew Rosbrook the Survivor & Laurie McCann the Saviour

Andrew Rosbrook the Survivor & Laurie McCann the Saviour

Andre began running as a child and soon found he was good at it. When he hit his teen years, Andrew was eating up the track at races and accumulated some impressive track times: 1:59 for 800m, 4:03 for 1500m, 15:30 for 5000m and 53:00 for 10 miles.

Time has a tendency to eat away at the top end gears of even the fleetest of foot. Andrew has slowed but still runs good times for his age. In recent years he has run 20:00 for 5K, 1:33 for the half-marathon. In 2012, he also ran seven ultra marathons.

It was a surprise to Andrew and others when he nearly died during a spring 2013 half-marathon.

On the morning of May 5, Rosbrook, 47, collapsed face-down on Lake Shore Boulevard at about the 20K mark while running in the Goodlife Fitness half-marathon. He had no pulse and was not breathing.

For seven minutes, Andrew Rosbrook was clinically dead.

Near her spot where she was working a paid-duty assignment at the marathon, Const. Laurie McCann heard a scream and ran to help. Along with two off-duty doctors and another good samaritan, McCann performed CPR on Rosbrook. At the time she did not know he was also a Toronto police officer. Paramedics soon arrived with a portable defibrillator. Andrew would not have lived without the help of a fellow police officer and a portable life-saving machine, donated to Toronto EMS by the Mikey Network.

Andrew found out later that he had a plaque buildup on one of his arteries and that had triggered his cardiac arrest. Andrew was eventually cleared by his cardiologist to return to running.

After recovering from his brush with death, Andrew decided that he wanted to run in the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run in September, five months after he collapsed during the half-marathon. The Memorial Run was an event he had done before, but this time Andrew would be running with the woman and fellow officer who had helped save his life. He would also be running to spread a message.

Andrew joined Laurie, with whom he is now good friends, at the start line of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run. Devoted to officers who’ve died while on duty, the three-day relay race covers 460K from Toronto to Ottawa each year.

Andrew ran 101K of the relay with Laurie alongside. The relay was the same but Andrew was not – his life had forever changed.

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Firefighters on Bikes Save Runner

Posted by cocreator on December 12, 2013
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A Marietta runner is recovering in the hospital this holiday weekend after firefighters say his heart stopped beating on Thanksgiving morning.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke to the two firefighters on bikes got to him just in time to save his life.

He obtained iPhone video that shows the more than 11,000 runners taking part in the annual Gobble Jog Thanksgiving morning.

Firefighters learned Jeff Menard and Dave Hardin were on the course riding bicycles.

“Little bit of training, a little bit of luck,” said Hardin.

About half way through the run, near Margaret and Cherokee streets, a man in his 40s went down.

“He fell behind us and some of the other runners were screaming to get our attention,” Menard said.

Just after they got to him the man’s heart stopped beating.

They say that’s when their training kicked in and went to work.

“You don’t really have much time to think about your emotions or how you feel. You’re thinking about what you need to do to save that person’s life,” Hardin said.

The bikes have the same life-saving equipment found on the big fire trucks, just a lot more mobile.

The firefighters used a defibrillator to shock the runner’s heart and gave him CPR.

“From the time that he went into cardiac arrest to the time we had him in the ER was eight minutes, which is unheard of,” Hardin said.

The pair hasn’t been able to find out much about the man they saved. But he’s now in the hospital and alive.

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