Teammates & Bystanders Save Elderly Man during Football Game

Posted by cocreator on May 26, 2014
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Michael Darlington 60, of Miranda, counts his blessings each day. He suffered cardiac arrest as he played touch football at Old Bush Road Oval, Yarrawarrah, last May 8.

With medical help minutes away, it was up to his teammates and bystanders to keep him alive.

Mr Darlington’s team had just scored a try moments into the second half when the father-of-three collapsed on the field.

“We got back on the field in the second half and I don’t remember anything about it,” he said.

Brett Thatcher, of Engadine, who was playing in Mr Darlington’s team, was the first person to see he was in trouble.

“I thought he’d fallen over and bumped his head,” Mr Thatcher said. “He had shallow breathing but was still conscious.”

In seconds the situation changed and Mr Darlington lost consciousness.

Mr Thatcher began mouth-to-mouth and Matthew Wallis, of Kirrawee, started compressions. They worked tirelessly for six minutes as Peter Ciccia, of Kirrawee, spoke to emergency services through triple-0.

“We got him back twice, so we knew it was working,” Mr Thatcher said.

Across the oval, Matt Alewood and Matt Henson were playing in another game when they saw the commotion.

Both trained in CPR, they took over giving Mr Darlington another seven minutes of resuscitation and chest compressions.

“Mike’s colour started coming back,” Mr Henson said.

When David Stride and Scott McNamara arrived in the ambulance they knew the chances of Mr Darlington surviving were slim.

“I saw the boys doing CPR at the back of the oval and I just told them to keep going,” Mr McNamara said.

“The odds are always against you when someone goes into cardiac arrest but good CPR buys us time and saves lives.”

Mr Darlington had to be shocked with a defibrillator before his heart rhythm returned. He was taken to Sutherland Hospital and had surgery to remove an artery blockage.

After five weeks off work and months of rehabilitation Mr Darlington has made a remarkable recovery. “It was a life-changing event,” he said. “I can’t thank the boys and the paramedics enough.”

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Teammates Save Elderly Man during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on April 11, 2014
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One life has been saved thanks to one of six new defibrillators installed in Fort Erie’s municipal buildings.

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A 65 year-old senior hockey player collapsed on the ice at the Fort Erie Leisureplex Tuesday morning. His team mates started CPR and hooked up the man to an AED and saved his life.

“By the time I got there, he had a good pulse and he was breathing,” fire Chief Larry Coplen said.

The Fort Erie Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded for the call of a man who collapsed on the ice at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to hospital and treated.

“The life saving units are worth about $2,500 each,” Coplen said.

The fire chief said these units, which are easy to use, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by 75%.

Although Coplen knew the units would save lives, he didn’t think one of the new units would be used so soon.

He feels it’s important for the public to know how to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency.

“If members of the public can help (by using a defibrillator), the people who require help can increase their survival rates significantly.”

“People are apprehensive about using these units, however, anyone can learn and anyone can be very effective in saving a life just by taking a three-hour course.”

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Teammates & Bystanders Save Man during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on March 05, 2014
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51 year old Edwin (Eddie) Jackson was participating in a men’s hockey rental at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex in the Town of Aurora on Friday February 21, 2014 at approximately 3:10pm. He skated over to the bench as he was not feeling well.

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Eddie collapsed down on to his knees and then went unconscious onto the floor. His team mate Stephen McDonald immediately responded with Scott Sheppard. Stephen started compressions and Scott gave direct mouth to mouth ventilations. Both men had been trained in first aid and CPR. Meanwhile another teammate ran for the AED unit donated by the Mikey Network in 2005, located in the lobby and shouted to the receptionist Natasha Garro to call 911.

Town employee’s Greg Peri, Aquatic Programmer and Oliver Koh, Full time Deck Supervisor responded to the commotion and ran to the scene. Upon arrival at the scene Greg noticed one of the first responders struggling to open the AED pads. Greg took over and applied the pads to Eddie’s bare chest. Greg signaled for rescuers to stand clear while the AED analysed. The prompted came back, shock advised. Greg administered the shock and instructed Stephen to continue compressions as he had noticed he was doing a good job. Oliver had run to ensure 911 had been called and to get blankets, a first aid kid and accident reports. Scott gave one more breathe while Greg prepared his gloves and pocket mask and then took over breathing. After about 4 breaths Eddie started breathing on his own, his teammates asked how he was doing but Eddie was unable to respond verbally, but was able to blink to commands.

Eddie was placed in recovery position and covered with blankets to treat for shock. Oliver and Greg took a set of vitals and continued to care for Eddie until paramedics arrived on scene. Other staff; Franco DeMarco and Andrew Racine took witness statements and ensured his teammates were ok as it was evident they were in shock after witnessing the event.

Eddie was taken to South Lake Regional Health Care Centre, operated on the next day, a stint was put into his heart, his medication was adjusted and he was released 3 days post incident. It is important to note that this was Eddie’s third heart attack, his friend and lifesaver Stephen McDonald commented that he hopes Eddie will finally hang up his skates.

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Teen Saves Teammate during Softball Practice

Posted by cocreator on April 21, 2013
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A high-school softball player found the mandatory CPR class she took the day came in handy — she used her new skills to save a teammate’s life.

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Taylor Bisbee and her friends on the High Point, N.C.,Wesleyan Academy softball team were doing some base running. Suddenly eighth-grader Paris White collapsed.

Taylor Bisbee the Saviour

“It was scary to see her fall like that. Cause I wasn’t expecting it,” Bisbee told MyFox8.

One of White’s teammates dialed 911. But Bisbee was the one who immediately jumped into action and started performing CPR.

“I just knelt down next to her and I just started,” Bisbee said.

“It was really scary for me because it was the difference between life and death.”

Minutes later, staff arrived on the scene with a defibrillator to get White’s heart beating again, according to Coach Donald Brewer.

An ambulance took White to Duke University Hospital. It is unclear what caused the young girl’s collapse, but she is expected to make a full recovery.

The experience has encouraged the fast-thinking Bisbee to pursue a career in medicine.

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Teammates Save Hockey Player in Arena

Posted by cocreator on April 18, 2013
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A Twillingate man says he’d be dead were it not for a defibrillator that he arranged to have installed at the local arena.

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Dave Stuckey was playing recreational hockey at the George Hawkins Memorial Arena earlier this month when he experienced chest pains.

Two doctors on his team advised him to go to the hospital, and one of them left to get his truck so he could drive Stuckey there.

Dave Stuckey the Survivor

While Stuckey was waiting for the doctor to return, he went to the washroom where he passed out.

Stuckey said he later found out his heart had stopped for 10 to 15 minutes.

“I was totally dead. There was no pulse,” he said.

He was also told his hockey buddies and the doctors sprung into action.

“Someone went and got it [the defibrillator] for the doctors,” Stuckey continued. “Two of the players there was doing CPR before the doctor got back. So they proceeded with the CPR and they got the defib all hooked up and started shocking me. I was shocked six times.”

Stuckey only regained consciousness a couple of hours later, in an ambulance on the way to Gander. He was then airlifted to St. John’s, where doctors put a stent in his blocked artery.

In a twist of fate, Stuckey, who also happens to be the Twillingate arena’s manager, said he arranged for the defibrillator to be installed about two-and-a-half years ago.

“I got a call from Heart and Stroke. They were at the time doing this, putting defibs into areas. They contacted me, I presented it to the town, and from there we got it.”

“Jokingly, when we put the defib in there, I went to the town manager and I said, ‘I’ll probably be the first one that it has to be used on,’ just as a joke,” said Stuckey. “But it was me that it had to be used on.”
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Stuckey, who turns 50 next week, said he feels like he got a second chance at life.

He believes defibrillators should be installed in all public buildings.

“You don’t pick a place to have a heart attack, right?” said Stuckey. ”’I can’t have one [a heart attack] here because there’s no defib,’ you know what I mean?”

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