Teen Save 4 Year Old at Traffic Crash Site

Posted by cocreator on March 05, 2014
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A 16-year-old girl was honored on Sunday for saving the life of a toddler. The City of Houston and the girl’s church formally recognized her act of courage.

On Sunday mornings at New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, as the choir is singing and members are worshiping, you’ll find 16-year-old Jaelin Noel, at her post.

“At the church I am over the audio department,” said Jalien.

It’s a volunteer job with lots of responsibility and out of the spotlight, but today, all eyes were on the 10th grader.

“I Jerry Davis herby proclaim today as Jaelin Noel Day,” said Davis.

As she is being honored for volunteering, not to monitor audio, but to save a life.

“Many adults would not be quick on their feet enough to resuscitate a child,” said Davis.

It was last year, in fact the day before Christmas when the 16-year-old walked up to a horrific crash then discovered a father and his 4-year-old little girl had been ejected from a pick-up truck.

Eyewitness News first met Jaelin at the scene.

“I felt like it was my duty to help because it’s a child,” she said.

She had just received her CPR certification the day before when she grabbed the child and saved her life.

“She wasn’t breathing so I got down there and she wasn’t breathing and then you heard a ‘puff’ and then you heard her breathing,” she said.

Months later, Jaelin is still very emotional about that day.

It’s the day her mother and others say she became a hero.

“I’m proud. I’m a proud mom. I’m happy she was able to do what she needed to do to save that little girls life,” said Jaelin’s mother, Lakisha Brown said.

Jalien says she wasn’t able to get the 4-year old girl’s name but hopes she will get a chance to meet her one day.

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Aunt & Bystanders Save Infant on Highway

Posted by cocreator on February 24, 2014
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Drivers on a Miami highway have come to the rescue of a woman who sprang from her car holding a baby who had turned blue.

Pamela Rauseo the Saviour

Pamela Rauseo the Saviour

The woman, Pamela Rauseo, was caring for her nephew, a five-month-old baby, when she noticed he was unwell.

She leapt out of her car and cried for help among drivers stuck in traffic on the busy road.

“My sister had trusted me with him,” Ms Rauseo, 37, was quoted as saying in the Miami Herald.

Several people stopped to help, starting CPR on baby Sebastian.

A Miami Herald photographer, Al Diaz, ran along cars to look for help, and found a policeman in a patrol car.

The officer ran over and took over CPR.

Eventually, he and others got the baby breathing again, until emergency workers arrived.

The baby survived and is reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.

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Nurse Saves Teen on School Bus

Posted by cocreator on February 07, 2014
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When Nurse Bernadette Bagni was summoned to a departing bus at Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School to assist a student who became unconscious, she didn’t anticipate the severity of the need for help. Immediately upon seeing 12-year old Brooke Conlon slumped in her seat, she recognized the signs of sudden cardiac arrest. As a certified CPR instructor, Bagni knew to immediately call 911, ask for an AED, and start chest compressions.

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Nurse Bagni arrived at the bus to find that Principal Chris Baratta and Assistant Principal Chris Oliver had already moved all of the students, enabling her to quickly attend to Brooke. After Baratta and Oliver moved Brooke to the bus aisle, Nurse Bagni began performing chest compressions and breathing, which she continued until the AED arrived.

After turning on the AED, Nurse Bagni followed its simple instructions to apply the pads, and wait while it analyzed Brooke’s heart rhythm. When the AED instructed Bagni to administer a shock, she made sure no one was touching the patient, and then pressed the shock button. Thereafter she followed the prompts to continue chest compressions, while a second school nurse, Nancy Vincent, provided artificial respiration.

“CPR buys you time until an AED and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) arrive,” says Nurse Bagni, who is now Nurse Manager for the Taunton School District. “If you simply follow the prompts on the AED, you can’t go wrong.”

Paramedics arrived within 10 minutes of the call. While she did have a steady heart rhythm, Brooke was not breathing on her own when she was transported to the hospital.

Brooke has since returned to school and has recently celebrated her 13th birthday.

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Bystanders & Cop Save Young Mother in Car

Posted by cocreator on January 23, 2014
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On New Year’s Eve, Ashly Bohlman had a low-key dinner with her future in-laws and her 2-year-old daughter, Lillian.

Ashly Bohlman the Survivor

Ashly Bohlman the Survivor

She knows they ate crab legs, but only because they’d discussed it beforehand. Bohlman doesn’t remember what they talked about during the meal, or warming up her car when she was getting ready to leave the couple’s Andover home, or phoning her fiancé once she got on the road.

The 23-year-old’s mind “went into a fog,” or so she’s been told, just before she went into sudden cardiac arrest. At the time, she was driving on Hanson Boulevard in Andover, heading home to Champlin with Lillian in the back seat. Her car veered off the side of the road and into a snowbank.

She survived to tell the story, thanks in large part to the quick thinking of passersby. She hopes her experience will motivate people to learn CPR. “CPR really can save people’s lives,” she said. She is living proof.

As Bohlman’s car plunged into the snowbank, it made a crashing sound. That got the attention of brothers Joey and Rohan Murdock. They were down the street at a gas station with their mom, who had called them for help when her car broke down, Joey Murdock said.

After waiting about 30 seconds to see if anyone would get out of Bohland’s car, they drove over to check it out.

Murdock recognized the silver-colored Saturn. He’d never met Bohlman, but he had noticed her car in his neighbors’ driveway when he was on his way out the door. Bohlman had started the car, probably to warm it up, he said.

It was a casual observation that he never would have guessed would prove to be useful. “When I saw the car [in the snowbank], it clicked. I realized it must be hers,” he said.

The brothers, both of whom had had emergency medical training in the military, found Bohlman unconscious in the front seat. They banged on the window, but she didn’t even flinch. That’s when they knew they had to act fast.

They kicked out the rear window and grabbed Lillian. They bundled her up, and tucked her safely into Rohan’s truck. In the midst of everything, Rohan called 911.

Joey Murdock then held Bohlman’s head upright for a time. “I wasn’t sure if she had a neck injury,” he said.

As he did so, he squeezed her fingers to see if she’d respond.

Soon, a police officer and his wife arrived on the scene. By then, Bohlman no longer had a pulse, Murdock said.

He and the officer pulled her out of the car, laying her on a blanket on the ground. They performed CPR. The officer also tried using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on Bohlman, but to no avail, he said.

After an ambulance arrived and took Bohlman to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, the Murdocks led the officer to their neighbors’ house, to bring Lillian to safety.

By then, Murdock had gotten discouraged. “I was pretty down. I thought we waited too long. I didn’t think she made it,” he said.

A couple of days later, some good news arrived.

“My neighbor came by and told me that she’s alive,” he said. “I was so excited. It was emotional. I hoped and prayed for the best but had doubts.”

By the time Bohlman left the hospital on Jan. 9, she was able to talk, walk on her own and feed herself. “I was the talk of the hospital. Everyone was amazed at my recovery and how quickly I recovered. Most people don’t survive what I did,” she said.

People told her that she fought to live through the entire process. “I wanted to get out. I wanted to talk. I tried talking with a bunch of tubing in my throat,” she said.

Now, Bohlman is staying with her mom in Coon Rapids, while she recuperates. Despite the strides she’s made, she has limitations. For example, for the time being, she can’t lift anything more than 10 pounds. That includes Lillian.

“Lillian remembers that whole New Year’s night. She’ll say, ‘mommy has owies,’ ” and ‘broken window,’ ” she said.

“She knows to only hold my right hand and to be careful when she hugs me. She knows I can’t pick her up.”

For Bohlman, who is otherwise the picture of good health, the dramatic turn of events is a powerful reminder that life is short. “You have to appreciate what you have. I sure do. I get to watch my little girl grow up, which is what’s important to me right now,” she said.

That’s not all. “It has definitely brought me a lot closer to God. I’ve had my share of doubts. But it’s a complete miracle I’m even here,” she said.

She’s especially thankful to the Murdocks. “If it wasn’t for those boys having been there, I wouldn’t be here today.”

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Doctor & Restaurant Staff Save Mother of Two in Vehicle

Posted by cocreator on December 31, 2013
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A mother-of-two whose heart stopped as she was driving through a busy city centre was saved when a passer-by stepped in to give her CPR.

Joanne Durkin the Survivor

Joanne Durkin the Survivor

Joanne Durkin, 43, was driving through York City Centre when her heart stopped and she collapsed behind the wheel.

Staff from a nearby Turkish restaurant called Kapadokya saw the car roll to a stop and ran to the mother’s aid.

They then smashed a car window and pulled Mrs Durkin free from the vehicle.

A woman, believed to be from Liverpool who was Christmas shopping in the city, identified herself as a GP. She then performed heart massage until paramedics arrived.

Mrs Durkin said: ‘You really couldn’t make up what happened. It’s amazing that so many different factors came together that day to save my life.

‘I still feel tired, but I’m so thankful that everything is going to be okay. My guardian angel really must have been looking after me that day.’

Mrs Durkin has no recollection of the incident but she, husband Patrick, and sons Matthew, 18, and Daniel, 11, have thanked the heroic members of the public and the emergency services.

The mother was later diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome – an electrical disturbance to the heart and can cause death.

Mrs Durkin has been fitted with an implant with a built-in defibrillator which will restart her heart should this ever happen again, and she is on medication to help control her heart rate.

Mr Durkin, 51, said: ‘She was given a blast with the defibrillator and brought back round.

‘Her heart stopped again in the ambulance but they started her up again and got her to A&E. She was just so lucky that someone was there at the time to help her.

‘The car came to a stop with no damage. It’s miraculous really because obviously she just blacked out. She’s been unlucky, but there’s been so much luck involved it’s unbelievable.’

‘[Long QT Syndrome] can be classed as instant death syndrome which is quite a scary thing to think about.

‘Ten minutes later she would have been in the middle of nowhere on a much quieter road and it would have been a much different story.

‘She had just minutes to survive. It was just unbelieveable. She ran the marathon in October, she runs all over the place, she’s as fit as a fiddle.

‘I would have thought there would be more chance of Stonehenge falling over than Joanne falling over.’

Erdal Ozturkce, manager of Kapadokya, was one of the people who helped Joanne at the scene, and was amazed to find out she was well and at home for Christmas.

He said: ‘Her face changed colour when her heart stopped and we thought she was dead. I’m really very happy she’s okay, it’s really good to hear.

‘I’m really happy she’s alive, because we were really very upset. I didn’t know her at all, but she’s human and young, and it would be very sad for someone to die at Christmas time.’

The mother is now launching an appeal to thank the GP who helped to save her life when her heart stopped while she was behind the wheel.

Speaking from their family home today, Mr Durkin said: ‘We just want to say thank you to them. I just want to share our gratitude which is endless, because they saved Joanne’s life.

‘You can’t do anything better than that for a fellow human being.’

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