Teen Saves Grandfather at Home

Posted by cocreator on June 09, 2014
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On a Thursday at Riverside High School, Shelby Morgan learned CPR. That Friday, she learned how to use an automated external defibrillator, which can deliver a lifesaving shock to the heart.

Richard Morgan the Survivor Shelby Morgan the Saviour

Richard Morgan the Survivor Shelby Morgan the Saviour

The following Monday, she saved her grandpa.

A lot of other people saved Dick Morgan, too: the first responders who arrived at his Shadle home on Feb. 10 and shocked his heart back into rhythm, the hospital crew who treated him, cooling his body to slow neurological function and protect his brain after his cardiac arrest, and reporting his prognosis to his family in terms of if – if he recovered, not when.

A 10th-grader at the Riverside Achievement Center, an alternative school in the Riverside School District, Shelby Morgan does most her schoolwork at home. She was at the high school – among three schools in a program launched by Fire District 4 to teach CPR to students – for the training.

It was fresh in her mind when her grandfather collapsed in his kitchen.

“You know how sometimes you just go into a mode of just doing what you have to do? She sure kept her cool,” said Arena Morgan, Shelby’s grandmother.

“It was a key to his survival,” she said.

Shelby’s mother, Deborah Morgan, died in April 2012 of cancer. She lives with her father, Gregg Morgan, in Chattaroy but spends a lot of time at her grandparents’ house.

Diana Bostrum, a teacher at the alternative school who’s known Shelby for about 10 years, called the save “an amazing thing,” but not surprising.

“There’s this calm, mature girl, being adult again,” Bostrum said. “There she is. Composure … that is huge in the heat of the moment, to be able to do it after you just learned it – on a person that you absolutely adore.”

But Feb. 10 was a snowy day, which meant Dick Morgan, 78, spent the morning outdoors with his snowblower.

He remembers coming inside from the cold, through a back door into the kitchen.

“I told my wife, ‘Honey, I’m getting too old to do this anymore,’ ” Dick Morgan said. “I always do my neighborhood. Most of the people are old. So am I, but I didn’t know that until this happened.”

Arena Morgan was in the kitchen, too. Shelby was in the adjacent family room.

Arena remembers her husband leaning against the kitchen table.

“I almost said, ‘Tough one today, honey,’ ” she said, “and he reached for a chair, and he just toppled over backwards and quit breathing.”

Arena yelled for her granddaughter to call 911. “She said, ‘I already have, Grandma,’ ” Arena said.

Those minutes after her grandfather toppled over went by in a blur, Shelby said. At the same time, the minutes until professional rescuers arrived seemed to last an hour, forever.

She said she asked someone on the phone, a dispatcher or a paramedic, whether to start CPR, and they said yes and talked with her as she pressed her grandfather’s chest.

Shelby remembers he was wearing a lot of layers – a coat, sweatshirts, a vest, a T-shirt. The layers made it difficult. Looking back, she said, she thinks she did a better job on the dummy at school.

But her grandmother said the professionals who treated Dick Morgan have credited Shelby with saving him.

“They’re saying that’s what kept him going,” Arena Morgan said. “I kind of went into hysteria, panic, and she just kept her cool. She said she was really churning on the inside, but you would have never known it.”

The Morgans’ experience demonstrates the potential impact of CPR training, said Dr. Joel Edminster, medical director for Fire District 4 and an emergency department doctor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

“This is a perfect example of sudden cardiac arrest that would have resulted in a fatality or severe neurological dysfunction” without CPR, he said.

The result of an electrical problem that disrupts the heart’s rhythm and pumping action, cardiac arrest stops perfusion, or blood flow to the heart and brain. Heart attacks and cardiac arrest aren’t the same, although heart attacks – when a blood clot blocks blood from flowing through a coronary artery – often cause cardiac arrest.

Not everyone in cardiac arrest can be saved. Some bad heart rhythms cannot be corrected by an electric shock.

But when a victim can be saved, CPR is key. While that used to mean alternating chest compressions with rescue breaths, research has found hands-only CPR – resuscitation without mouth-to-mouth breaths – is more effective.

By pushing hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest, a bystander can re-establish blood flow to the victim’s heart and brain, buying time until they can be shocked.

On Dick Morgan, rescuers had to use their defibrillator just once, said Ryan Schaefer, a registered nurse and the electrophysiology coordinator at Sacred Heart. Schaefer nominated Shelby for her Young Hero Award.

“With one shock they were able to restore his normal rhythm,” he said. “That is ideal.”

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Teen Baseball Player Save Umpire at Game

Posted by cocreator on June 06, 2014
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A local high school baseball game came to an abrupt end when an umpire collapsed Friday night.

The game was between Newton High School and Rockdale High School. The teams didn’t even make it halfway through the game when witnesses say the home plate umpire collapsed right behind the batter.

Alex Norwood, 16, said the incident happened between the second and third innings: The umpire just collapsed.

Norwood said his instincts kicked in and he ran over to help the umpire, who was suffering from some sort of medical emergency.

“They had gotten to call 911 and they said, ‘Does anyone know CPR?’ I got certified a little while ago, I checked for a pulse compressions,” Norwood said.

Norwood said he had just become CPR certified two weeks prior.

“I didn’t think I would use it, but I am glad I know how to do it,” Norwood said.

This is evidence as to why it is important to know how to administer CPR.

Jarrid Harris coaches Norwood’s team at Rockdale High School.

“I thought I was going to turn around and see a professional. That is how confident the voice behind me was. When I turned around and saw Alex,” Harris said.

But Norwood remains humble about what he did.

“I feel like I didn’t do that much, I just got it started before the EMT got there…it was the coaches, EMT that really did it,” Norwood said.

Not only that, Harris said the incident is an important reminder.

“It really speaks on the importance of not only being CPR trained but certified, that everybody can do it,” Harris said.

Channel 2 Action News is still working to get an update on the umpire’s condition.

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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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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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