Mary Tappe

Age: 45
Save Date: 5/17/2004
Activity: at work

Mary is a 45 year old wife and mother of two. She was at work in West Des Moines where she attended a meeting on Monday afternoon, May 17, 2004. Minutes after sitting down she exhaled deeply, over-gripped her pen and then her head hit the table. She suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Two co-workers called 911, one went to get another co-worker who was a nurse, and she and two other nurses started CPR. Another co-worker ran down to the 2nd floor where the AED was kept. The AED team heard the alarm as the AED was pulled off the wall and ran with her back to the third floor. Another co-worker notified Mary's husband of what was happening.

Mary was revived with two shocks from the AED. When the Paramedics arrived, they took over and got Mary to the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. There her husband and daughter met her at the ER.

After many tests it was determined that Mary's arrhythmias could be reproduced in the EP lab, and an ICD was implanted.


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