Bystanders & Paramedics Save Man on Train

Posted by cocreator on May 23, 2011
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On Monday, April 4, 67-year old Don Sylvestre had just finished his shift working as a commissionaire at the Calgary passport office, and was racing to the Olympic Plaza LRT station eager to get home on time and sit down for dinner with his wife.

Don Sylvestre the Survivor

But at around 5 p.m., not long after finding a seat on the train, Sylvestre said a strange feeling came over him.

“It was like I was watching static or watching sparks,” he said.

His heart suddenly stopped beating and sent him crashing to the floor of the train, unconscious. Two Good Samaritans immediately began performing CPR while someone called 911.

Within four minutes, Van der Hoek and her partner Susan Boyle arrived at the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Street S.W. where the train had come to a halt.

A team of five emergency workers, including a SAIT paramedic student, tended to Sylvestre, taking turns performing CPR and using a defibrillator on Sylvestre several times while driving to the hospital.

Today, a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted in Sylvestre’s chest keeps him going. He said he feels healthy and happy, but knows the outcome could have been different without the help of the Good Samaritans and the team of paramedics.

“We have these heroes out there that are capable of such fabulous things,” Sylvestre said.

Van der Hoek said she doesn’t like to think of herself as a hero, adding she was simply doing her job. But she credited the two strangers for leaping into action to save Sylvestre.

“Those four minutes of CPR before we got there, if he didn’t have that, he could have left the hospital and ended up in a nursing home for the rest of his life. He might not have come back as himself,” she said.

She urged members of the public to take a CPR course. It only takes a day, but “it could be the difference between life and death,” she said.

“I really owe them my life,” said Sylvestre.

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Cops, Doctor & Bystander Save Man on Train

Posted by cocreator on October 18, 2009
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A 50-year-old Long Island man fell ill on a Brooklyn-bound A train, packed during the evening rush hour.

Officers responded to the emergency call and rushed to the scene with a portable automatic external defibrillator.

They found the good Samaritans, one of whom happened to be a cardiologist, performing CPR on an unconscious man on an a train.

When Mr. Kiernan collapsed on the floor of the A train headed southbound from 125 street, Dr. Sonia Tolani a cardiac fellow at Columbia Presbyterian just happened to have left her job early that day.

“It was just fate. I would have never been on a train at 4:30 p.m.,” she said.

Good samaritan Anthony Medaglia also left his job early and was able to help the doctor perform CPR all the way down to 59th street.

And we just continued CPR chest compressions the whole way down,” says Medaglia.

Officer Joseph Dellauniversita, 23, who was appointed to the force in January 2008, used the device to shock the victim, but it did not work. However, a second attempt was successful.

“We shocked him again and he gasped for air and his eyes started moving and it was a great feeling,” says Officer Joesph Dellau.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.

“I really have a second chance at life here,” says Kiernan. He adds, “I cheated death really.”

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Train Staff and Cops Save Man on Train

Posted by cocreator on June 20, 2009
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Robert Cinque, 65, was on the 7:39 a.m. train from Penn Station when he had a heart attack.

Train Cops and Staff the Saviours

Train Cops and Staff the Saviours

“I was really nervous,” said Robert Dibernardo, a train crew member who responded to the call for medical assistance that was put over the air and saw the passenger convulsing.

MTA police officers and several LIRR employees also responded to the call of a man going into cardiac arrest.

Cinque was placed on the floor where CPR was performed. When there was no response, one shock was given using an Automated External Defibrillator. Rescuers resumed CPR and when Cinque did not respond, a second shock of the defibrillator revived him.

In the five to six minutes in which it took to resuscitate Cinque, rescuers began to worry.

“I thought he was gone,” said Dibernardo. “I thought he had no chance.”

When Cinque was stabilized and his family notified, EMS workers transported him to Saint Vincent’s hospital in Manhattan where he is in stable condition.

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