Hi all, I just wanted to send one more save story for the week. The survivor was not a student, but it was a school nurse (among others) who saved him. See story below…I hope you all have a great weekend! Alison
I am a Forsyth County School Nurse that happened to be at the right place at the right time Monday, August 29, 2011. I play on a coed softball team for my church at Al Bishop Park in Marietta, Ga and Monday night before our game the unexpected happened. I had arrived to the park and was walking towards the fields when a player fell to the ground running for a fly ball. I walk pass the field and see other players gather around the player and start calling out for help. I (literally) climb over the fence and start running towards the crowd gathering in the outfield. The player that had fell to the ground was a 41 year old male with a family history of heart attacks. Amidst the crowd of people and chaos, I knelt to the ground, checked for a pulse, and could not find a pulse. I pull up the man’s shirt and start giving compressions, while my Dad, a former EMT, gave breaths. After the second set of compressions, someone had walked up with the AED from the concession stand at the park. With the help of my sister, we open up the AED, I place the pads on the man’s chest. After the AED analyzed the heart rhythm it started blinking “shock advised”. After yelling for everyone to stand back, I press the button on the AED and the shock was successfully administered. An EMT that had been in the crowd started doing compressions again and about that that time the EMS arrived and we had found a pulse. Thankfully, this story has a good ending. The EMS stabilized him, rushed him to Cobb General Hospital where he was admitted to the ICU. I later learned that he had a heart cath and three blockages were found and that he will be transferred to Kennestone Hospital with possible options of heart surgery.
All I kept thinking after it was all said and done was how thankful I was the ballpark had an AED and that the man had survived!!
(The amazing thing is that this is the second save by a school staff member at this county park in the last 3 years! The last rescuer was a music teacher who had learned CPR/AED at his school. He is now an instructor at his own school and in the community.)
Alison Ellison BSN, NCSN
Project S.A.V.E. Coordinator
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta