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Bride provides lifesaving CPR to drowning toddler at wedding reception


...A toddler who’d slipped away from his family was found at the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool in the backyard where the nuptials were held...Groom James Pryor dialed 9-1-1, then sank into a chair and grabbed his face. Meanwhile, his new wife, Amber Pryor, rushed to where the child had been pulled from the pool and set on the ground. “His face was white, white, white,” Amber said. “People were screaming, ‘He’s dead! He’s dead!’ ”

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Youngsters' efforts help buy life-saving machine

From: Derby Telegraph

A YOUTH club that has been fund-raising to equip its village with a life-saving machine in memory of a policeman has reached its £2,500 target. Chellaston Youth Club set about raising the money for a defibrillator at the start of the summer in memory of PC Bruce Stevenson who died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this year. Keith and Debbie Brampton started the youth club in 2010 and wanted to get the youngsters involved in fund-raising for a cause which would benefit the whole community. They embraced the challenge and now, after almost five months of events, such as cycle rides to Skegness, a 124-mile run around the county and a non-uniform day at Chellaston Academy that raised £278, the target has been reached.

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New heart helps father of ten share the love

From: Herald Sun

SIX times James Willis' heart stopped and he was brought back, desperate to hang on to life so he could take care of his 10 children. Now, with the lifesaving gift of new heart, the Ballarat abattoir worker can't wait to celebrate a very special Father's Day in the knowledge The Alfred hospital and a very special donor have given him a more permanent stay with his huge brood. "I had everything to live for, there is no question about that - and I still do," Mr Willis said.

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Schools have tools to get hearts back beating

From: Gaston Gazette

A woman suffering a heart attack outside Cramerton Middle School two years ago sparked a serious concern. There was no automated external defibrillator at the school to offer immediate shock, in attempt to restore her regular heartbeat. Principal Amy Holbrook said she’s now prepared if that situation happens again. Although the woman survived, she could’ve been treated faster if the device had been readily available, instead of waiting on police to arrive with one in hand.

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Community first responders: every second counts in fight to save lives

From: Herald Series

WHEN a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, the following seconds and the treatment they get can mean the difference between life and death. Volunteer community first responders are often the first on the scene in these emergencies and help to save lives across Oxfordshire. They are called upon by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) when serious medical emergencies happen within their community.

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Schoolboy‘s campaign behind potential life saver for Fife village

From: The Courier

A schoolboy’s public-spirited attitude and love for his late great-grandmother could soon save lives in the village where he lives. Gregor Ferguson, 10, became the catalyst for a fundraising campaign for the installation of emergency medical equipment in Largoward. He heard an appeal for funds for a public-access defibrillator and knew it was something his great-gran, Rita Morton, would have supported.

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Community unites in a life-saving scheme

From: Gazette & Herald

A PIECE of equipment which could save lives has been installed in Pickering as part of a joint venture between the town’s Rotary Club and the Co-op supermarket. Pickering Rotary Club recently presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Andrew Lawler, manager of the store in Champley’s Mews. The AED is a portable piece of life-saving equipment that can restart the heart if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. The machine will be located within the Co-op building for use in any emergency in the surrounding area.

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CPR saved our little boy's life

From: Lochaber News

THE father of a two-year-old boy who almost drowned in a Spanish swimming pool says the emergency CPR he and others administered saved his life. Duncan Rodger (25) of Wades Road, Inverlochy, never expected to have to use the life-saving technique – which he learnt through his work – for real. But it proved crucial after he found his son unconscious in their holiday pool and he has now called on others to take the time to learn the simple life-saving method.

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Automatic CPR device saves life of woman who was clinically dead for 42 minutes

From: ABC Online

Vanessa Tanasio, 41, started feeling chest pains at her Narre Warren home last Monday morning. Her mother called 000 and an ambulance arrived soon after. One of Ms Tanasio's main coronary arteries was completely blocked, and she needed numerous defibrillator shocks, including one in the ambulance on the way to the Monash Medical Centre.

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Defibrillator vest saves Augusta woman's life

From: The Augusta Chronicle

The warnings echoed throughout the house last May as Monetta Murphy sat alone at her computer. The 46-year-old Augusta woman was unconscious, and her heart was racing at more than 350 beats per minute. She was dying. “Weeeoooo, weeeoooo. Potential shock coming,” the alarm sounded. “Weeeoooo, weeeoooo. Bystanders, stand back.”

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Gift of Life Lets Wheatfield Man Gain Strength to Help Raise 2 Young Children

From: University of Rochester Newsroom

Tim Synor considers himself a lucky man. He is recovering from a heart transplant at the University of Rochester Medical Center and recently returned home to his wife, toddler son and infant daughter in Wheatfield. “I am so grateful to the donor and their family and the doctors and nurses who cared for me. I am also incredibly thankful for all of the support that my family and I received during my illness. I have a new lease on life now. I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time and amexcited to resume my life with my family,” said

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Prison Nurse saves inmate's life

From: Jackson Clarion Ledger

A DeSoto County inmate is thanking a prison nurse for saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest while playing basketball. WMC-TV reported that George Tuner, 56, is expected to make a full recovery. However, if the jail staff has not been well trained, the outcome could have been much different.

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On same day 2 off duty Cherokee Co firefighters save strangers with CPR

From: Marietta Daily Journal

Two off-duty firefighters from Cherokee County on the same day performed CPR on strangers, becoming true heroes to those whose lives they saved. Lt. John Bennett and Lt. Mike Malone were in different places Aug. 2, but both used the training and knowledge they learned from being firefighters to help out when strangers stopped breathing.

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AED-Equipped Bike in Service at Berks County Parks


Thanks to the generosity of the Berks Lodge 71 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Run4Sam organization, an automated external defibrillator (AED)-equipped bicycle is now in service in the Berks County Parks system.

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911 dispatchers recognized for life-saving efforts

From: Carlisle Sentinel

Two emergency dispatchers earned Life-Saver Awards after pre-arrival medical advice each gave over the phone thwarted two cases of cardiac arrest.

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Leadership Randolph finds ways to make things better

From": The Randolph Guide

Start with community-minded leaders, give them a problem to solve, then stand back and watch them make things better. That’s how the Business Community Coalition for Children — BC3 — came about. It’s an organization created by members of the 2013 class of Leadership Randolph to help provided needs of public school children.

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Guardian EMS plans on “Going Big” for Teen Athletes in Area High Schools

From: Brownwood News

After hearing the story of Scott Stephens, the loss of his son Cody Stephens by Sudden Cardiac Arrest on May 6, 2012, Guardian EMS has been inspired to “Go Big” for the teen athletes of Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties by providing them with free echocardiogram screenings (ECG or EKG).

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Defibrillator campaign outfits one PD; six more to go

From: The Outer Banks Voice

...SAGA, headquartered on the Outer Banks, wanted to do more for the community, especially the Kill Devil Hills police and fire departments. In May, one of SAGA’s supervisors collapsed on a job site. As fate would have it, Kill Devil Hills Police Capt. Mark Evans had just left the Jolly Roger after eating breakfast. When he heard the radio dispatch, he realized he was just moments away from the scene.

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Cardiac response nets Bullitt designation as HeartSafe Community

From: The Courier-Journal

Bullitt County health officials have shown a lot of heart when it comes to their response to cardiac arrest. That’s according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which recently announced the addition of Bullitt County as a HeartSafe Community.

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They’ve got heart: Baseball scare spurs Minnesota nonprofit to donate defibrillators

From: Duluth News Tribune

When 2-year-old Finn High was struck in the chest by an errant baseball in May 2012, his father, Jamie High, braced himself for the inevitable avalanche of tears. Instead, Finn collapsed to the ground, not breathing and with no sign of a pulse.

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Man reunited with 3 Good Samaritans

From: MyFox Atlanta

They were strangers more than a month ago, but now three people are forever linked through the life of Ernest Smith. The 72-year-old crashed his pickup truck at a Covington intersection after suffering a heart attack last month. Newton County Sheriff's Cpl. Charles Cook was close enough to hear the impact. He helped start the CPR. Katherine Stephens, a nurse at Grady Memorial Hospital, stepped in to help.

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BG woman earns award for saving husband with CPR

From: The Reflector

Clark County Fire Commissioner Buck Heidrick and Fire Chief Steve Wrightson presented the Fire District 3 Life Saver Award to Candy Yarnell at a recent Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. Candy performed successful CPR on her husband Herschel when his heart stopped while at home on March 2.

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Cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet, yet Portland man was in the right hands

From: The Oregonian

Prem Raghu's lucky numbers might as well be his flight and seat: American Airlines' No. 1006; seat 24D. That's where the 67-year-old retired custodian was about 2 p.m. April 3, when he suffered cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet. Ominous as that sounds, it was the right place at the right time given that he was surrounded, far and away, by the right company.

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5-Year-Old Boy Reunites With Rescuers Who Saved Him From Cardiac Arrest

From: NBC Southern California

A 5-year-old boy was reunited with his rescuers Tuesday, three months after he went into cardiac arrest on his school playground. Elijah Watkins, along with his parents, were recognized by the Los Angeles Fire Department and once again met the paramedics and 911 caller who saved his life.

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