This is Greg and Alice. They took one of our free hands only CPR class in March of 2015 at the office of Louisville Cardiology. In April of 2015, they were travelling through the Philadelphia airport when they came across a person having a cardiac arrest. Here is their story from Greg’s perspective.
We were traveling through the Philadelphia airport on our way to a connecting flight. Suddenly from a crowd of people, someone yelled out “Does anyone know CPR?” Greg felt ethically that although he was not medically trained he had to do something. He did recently take the hands only CPR class. He also knew that even if things didn’t work out well that Good Samaritan laws would protect him from frivolous litigation. Greg, had taken our class and decided it was time to act. He and Alice pushed their way through the people and the crowd parted to find a man slumped in a chair unresponsive and with a terrible gray skin color. A woman was sitting in a chair next to him hysterically talking on her cell phone with the 911 operator. Alice took off to go and get the AED that they had walked past in the airport corridor. A younger man went with Alice to get an AED. Greg instructed two other men to help get the victim to the ground. Greg then ripped open his shirt and started doing hands only CPR on the man. As he was doing CPR, he was humming the song Staying Alive to help keep his CPR on pace. He remembered that the song was playing during the hands only CPR class. Greg commented how hard CPR is to perform and how tired he became. Then a woman appeared, like an angel, and asked if he needed help. She took over and started performing CPR to give him a break. Meanwhile, Alice and the younger man located the AED. Alice gave it to the young man and said, “You can run faster than me. Go and take it.” He ran back to the victim with the AED.
Once the AED arrived they placed the pads on the victims bare chest just as they were taught in the class. Just as AED pads were placed, the victim began to cough and breath. The AED did not recommend a shock and the victim was breathing on his own. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Philadelphia EMS arrived and took over his care. When last seen by Greg and Alice he was being transported by EMS on a stretcher. Greg and Alice have never had any contact with the victim since and wonder about his wellbeing. They packed up their luggage, recomposed themselves and went on to their connecting flight.
Six months later, Greg and Alice felt very strongly about bringing this training to their church. On a cold snowy morning after the morning church service, we taught 40 members of their church.
Cardiac arrest is the 3rd leading killer in our country. Cardiac arrest does not discriminate and can happen anywhere, anytime and any place. The best chance to survive a cardiac arrest requires someone to step up and deliver bystander CPR prior to EMS arriving. By receiving bystander CPR, the victim has a 2-3 time increase chance of surviving the event. Most of the time that someone has a cardiac arrest, medically trained people are not present and this forces non-medical people to act to try and save a life.
Greg and Alice knew what to do and they acted when called upon. Would you know what to do? If you want to learn more or take one of our free hands only CPR classes contact us through our website at www.starttheheartfoundation.org If you have a group of 15 people or more we will come and teach at your home, church, business or wherever.
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