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CPR saved this cyclist who went into sudden cardiac arrest

Dick Winters is an avid cyclist who rides his bike 4 to 5 times a week for an average of 20+ miles each day.

At 70 years old, he joined the COCAC 5:15 ride to find a group of like-minded cycling enthusiasts in Charlotte, who have been riding together for over 15 years.

But one morning, things didn’t go as planned when Winters suddenly fell off his bike and hit the ground. The five other people who were riding with him gathered on a median on Johnston Road, just north of Highway 51. One cyclist in the group called 911 and waited for help to arrive. But before the cavalry of paramedics, firefighters, and police officers arrived on the scene, one woman happened to drive by, and she knew what needed to be done.

A chance encounter with life-saving results

Julia Rouse is a recent graduate of the nursing program at Carolinas College of Health Sciences who previously served as a paramedic for many years. She was driving into Charlotte to teach an advanced cardiac life support class – she’d taken a different route than usual because the back roads were foggy – when she saw the group of cyclists on the side of the road.

“I’m pretty equipped to help with emergencies,” Rouse says. She thought maybe someone had been hit by a car, so she pulled over to see how she could help, explaining her background as a paramedic and training as a nurse.

When Rouse saw Winters, he was struggling to breathe and unconscious. She felt for his pulse and went to get her equipment that she happened to have on-hand from her car, putting one of the other bike riders in charge of monitoring Winter’s pulse. She came back with her equipment, checked his pulse, and felt it stop. She immediately started CPR, enlisting the help another rider, talking him through how to do CPR as they performed it.

Shortly after, the Charlotte fire department, police department, and MEDIC showed up and continued to administer CPR to Winter. The paramedics determined that Winter had experienced sudden cardiac arrest. They administered medicine to him, intubated him, and revived him with a defibrillator and took him to nearby Atrium Health Pineville.

The importance of CPR

“I was riding with five other people, but it appears I was the only one who knew CPR,” says Winter. “If Julia hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be sharing this story.”

“If you ever see somebody who is unconscious, check for a pulse and start CPR,” says Dr. Ashleigh Maiers, a cardiologist with Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute – Pineville who cared for Winter in the ICU. “When in doubt, do chest compressions and call for help. It’s always better if people try, most of the time, even if the CPR is not perfect.”

“I was raised to be a helper, and one of the ways I do that is by performing CPR and teaching it to other people,” says Rouse. “Anyone can learn CPR.”

Cardiac arrest protocol helps prevent further damage

Once Winter arrived at the hospital, a “Code Cool,” or hypothermia protocol, was initiated.

“The hypothermia protocol is done on anyone who survives a cardiac arrest from outside of the hospital,” says Maiers.

The protocol, which involves sedating a patient and keeping him at a reduced temperature for 24 hours, can help improve chances of survival, prevent organ damage and help improve neurological function.

Although Winter was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital, his wife and family arrived soon after, and helped the team at Atrium Health Pineville piece together what had happened.

“As soon as I heard that he’d had someone there who called 911 immediately, and that Julia was on the scene to evaluate Dick and start CPR, I knew that his chances of survival were very good,” says Maiers. “The fact that Julia was there is really the reason he is alive today.”

Getting back in the saddle

About 12 hours after Winter was brought back up to normal body temperature and brought out of his medically induced coma, he was alert and talking – although he didn’t remember the ordeal he’d just been through.

“My cardiac arrest happened on a Monday, and I don’t remember anything until the following Saturday,” he says.

Maiers did a full evaluation and found that “structurally, everything was normal” and there were no blockages in Winter’s heart. He did have PVCs, or premature ventricular contractions, which are extra beats that originate in the heart’s lower chambers. As a precaution, Winter had a defibrillator implanted by the team at Atrium Health Pineville.

“The defibrillator will monitor Dick’s heart, and if he has another cardiac incident, the defibrillator will shock his heart and save his life,” says Maiers.

As for Rouse, she’s excited to start her new career as a nurse at the neuro ICU at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center. She even gave Winter the honors of pinning her at her pinning ceremony when she graduated from Carolinas College of Health Sciences. Rouse also continues to teach CPR classes to the community and even taught two to the COAC group, which Winter and his wife attended.

Winter is back to riding his bike again – although, since he recently retired, he says “I’m not setting my alarm at 4:20 a.m. to get out there.”

 

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Source:https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2020/03/01/cpr-saved-this-cyclist-who-went-into-sudden.html


How do I work from home? Tips from the experienced

Most people spend months getting into the rhythm of remote work.

Many Americans are trying to get that rhythm down with day’s notice. COVID-19 has made it to nearly every state including Alabama. With at least 28 confirmed cases (as of midday March 16) in Sweet Home Alabama, some businesses are telling their employees to stay home and avoid contact with the outside world as much as possible.

“It’s a big adjustment to start working from home,” said Tyler Reeves, a financial planner based in Birmingham. Reeves runs a one-man-show and has been working from his home office for a little over three years. First things first, he said, “dampen your expectations.” Working from home isn’t something you master in a day, he said.

“It is going to take a lot to get used to this,” Reeves said. “Give yourself some slack, and realize that these aren’t normal times.”

There are steps one can take to feel a little more “normal,” he said.

Find a routine

If you don’t work past 5 p.m. normally, said Kevin DeLeon, a web developer working remotely in Mobile, don’t pass that point when you’re at home. If you don’t work earlier than 8 a.m., don’t start that early from your bed.

Using the time you’d spend commuting, DeLeon said, to accomplish a personal goal, make breakfast or take a walk with your dog will get your day started on a better mental note.

“Office life gives you a forced schedule that you have to follow,” he said. “Form good habits early on and develop a routine.”

And developing a routine is important when trying to avoid feelings of guilt, he said. It’s easy to get locked in because you want your company to know you are putting in the work, he said but discussing trust and making others aware of your schedule can prevent harsh thoughts like, “Am I doing enough?”

Tarah Keech, coach and founder of Burnout Survival, suggests blocking out time for lunch or breaks on a public and personal calendar.

Listen to your mind and body

Blocking time out for yourself is crucial, Keech said. “You’ll be amazed at all you can do from home.” Letting the “new normal” sink in, she said, and taking breaks when you need them will better your performance.

DeLeon likes to step out on his back deck for a breath of fresh air, take 15 minutes to jog in place, do stretches or pick up the guitar in between jobs to refresh.

During these times, Keech said, mute your devices and go offline if you need a moment away from work. Simply getting up and walking around will help pass the day. In addition to physical activities, make sure you are eating regularly and drinking water, Reeves said.

“I know people who started working from home and didn’t realize they were eating more or less or not drinking enough water or spending too much time sitting,” he said. “Anything you can do to get outside and not just sit in front of the computer for eight hours straight will make this a better experience.”

Stay connected

And your co-workers can help a good bit with that too.

And if you don’t have a built-in work network, create your own for the time being. Reeves, who owns and runs his business alone, is a part of a financial planning organization and the group hosts video chats to see how people are doing, what they are going through and more.

Switching from emails to calls and calls to video chats is a brilliant way to kill some of the isolation, Keech said. “Connect on platforms and chats that you already love,” she said.

And if DeLeon can make it work from Mobile, Alabama, with co-workers on both coasts in New York and California, he said, we can make it work for the time being as a community.

Create a dedicated workspace

But, making it work involves more than a connection. Finding a place to do your best work is important, Reeves said. Setting up wherever you feel comfortable and focused will better your at-home work experience.

Whether that be at the kitchen table, on a couch, at a desk or on the floor somewhere, find a place that you can make your own, Keech recommends.

Julie Kenney, owner and designer at Inspired Closets Mobile, suggests finding a place that is quiet for phone calls and when the work is done, “close the door.”

And finding that place might be difficult for parents who have their children at home, Kenney said, but letting them help you draft a schedule for them can give parents the time they need to get work done.

Stay positive, take advantage of being at home while you can

There are probably tons of projects that have been put off, and now you have nothing but time at home to complete them.

Kenney, whose business specializes in helping people get organized, recommends cleaning and sorting drawers with the kids, going through closets and sorting to donate, working in the yard, painting a bedroom or organizing family photos.

Planning during the weekend or after 5 p.m. for the next day can keep you busy, she said. “Review what’s in your freezer, pantry and fridge,” she said. “Toss out any old, expired food that may be taking up space, and create a shopping list that can be available for a couple of weeks.”

Clean out your medicine cabinet, and make sure you have the basics on-hand if anyone gets sick, she said.

In the end, “how we think about what we think about will change our view,” Keech said. “If you have been unhappy in your career or job, this is an opportunity to show up and be who you want to be,” she said. “Think of ways you can be 110% from home.”

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OSHA reminds employers COVID-19 is a recordable illness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released on Monday guidance to help employers prepare their workplaces for an outbreak of COVID-19 — along with a reminder that any incidents of employees contracting the novel coronavirus at work are recordable illnesses, subject to the same rules and failure-to-record fines as other workplace injuries and illnesses.

While OSHA specifically exempts employers from recording incidents of employees contracting common colds and the flu in the workplace, COVID-19 is not exempt, the agency noted on a newly added website providing OSHA guidance for preventing occupational exposure to the rapidly spreading virus.

 

 

The guidance, while not a standard or regulation, outlines safety standards that employers whose workers are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 should implement to remain in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s general duty clause.

The report also advises employers to develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, implement basic infection prevention measures and develop policies for the identification and isolation of ill individuals.

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Coach raises awareness for CPR training after it helped save his life

A seemingly healthy Georgetown assistant football coach collapsed on the practice field in September after his heart stopped. Bystander CPR intervention is credited with helping to save the married father’s life.

Coach Trey Henderson is a man of few words and was a little uneasy with the attention. Tuesday afternoon, he thanked each of the men and women who saved his life with the use of CPR and a defibrillator. At the time he was 39 years old when he suffered from cardiac arrest.

“When I was originally asked if I wanted to say something, I said no,” said Henderson.

Overcome with emotion, his 10-year-old son Claytor ran up to the podium to join him in front of the crowd of news cameras.

Five months ago, Henderson collapsed.

“He was without a pulse, lying lifeless on the football field,” said Dr. Ryan Garrett, assistant medical director for DC Fire and EMS.

Henderson’s parents Herman and Peggy were shocked when they got the phone call.

“Our oldest son. Never expected. Of the four, he’s probably the most active,” said Herman about his children.

Georgetown athletic trainers and coaches began CPR until first responders arrived.

“To be with my wife Summers and raise two wonderful boys,” Henderson began with tears in his eyes. “I’m grateful today because I’m able to play catch with him, play hide-and-go-seek with one of the best 6-year-old’s at hide-and-go-seek in the nation, be able to talk sports with my brothers and being able to tell my mom and dad that I love them.”

The assistant coach is fully recovered and back at work. He thanked the members of the Georgetown staff and EMS with a handshake, hug and challenge coin. His 6-year-old son Corbin understood the importance of the recognition.

“Because they save your life,” he said.

Henderson’s wife said after the scare, she learned CPR and is encouraging others to do the same.

“You really can save a life. You just never know when you might need that,” said Summers.

As a football coach, Henderson said he updates his CPR certification annually but never thought it would be used on him.

“We had to learn the song “Stayin’ Alive” to help us remember,” he said.

The American Heart Association teaches people to do chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ classic until help arrives.

Experts say mouth-to-mouth isn’t necessary for bystanders performing hands-only CPR.

In the United States, more than 325,000 people outside of hospitals suffer from cardiac arrest each year. Immediate CPR can double the chances for someone’s survival.

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What Is A Sudden Cardiac Arrest? – Heart Awareness Month

More than 350,000 deaths occur each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)

SCA claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer, or AIDS. To decrease the death toll from SCA, it is important to understand what SCA is, what warning signs are, and how to respond and prevent SCA from occurring. More than 65 percent of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of SCA, but also believe SCA is a type of heart attack. But they are not the same thing.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness

The Heart Rhythm Society raises awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and helps the public become more familiar with what it is, how it affects people, and what can be done to help save lives.

The Society’s award-winning “Apples and Oranges” campaign uses a simple analogy to educate people about the difference between a heart attack and SCA. More than 65 percent of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of SCA, but also believe SCA is a type of heart attack. The campaign targets heart attack survivors, who are at the highest risk for SCA, and stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy heart lifestyle and learning critical risk markers, especially their Ejection Fraction (EF).

This public service announcement explains the dangers of SCA and features Emmy-award winning journalist Shaun Robinson.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • More than 350,000 deaths occur each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • SCA claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer, or AIDS.
  • To decrease the death toll from SCA, it is important to understand what SCA is, what warning signs are, and how to respond and prevent SCA from occurring.

Responding to SCA — Time is Everything

Time-to-treatment is critical when considering the chance of survival for an SCA victim. Ninety-five percent of those who experience SCA die because they do not receive life-saving defibrillation within four to six minutes, before brain and permanent death start to occur. Learn more about the steps to take when responding to a potential SCA emergency.

SCA Resources

Patients can access information about SCA, including causes, prevention, and other important facts.

SCArisk.org

Learn your SCA risk by using an interactive online tool. It’s fast and easy — simply answer a few questions regarding your health and get your results. After you have finished using the assessment, please consult with your physician regarding your results.

 

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13-year-old receives Heart Saver Hero award for helping save father’s life with CPR

As her eighth-grade students were learning CPR in health class, Anne Lindley had to remind the students to pay attention.

As the St. Mary Catholic School health teacher tried to get her students’ attention, she talked about the importance of CPR and warned them they might have to use it someday. Like other students in class that day, Abby Johnson wondered why she had to learn how to do CPR.

“I was like ‘I won’t have to do this,” Johnson recalled Monday.

Abby Johnson, an eighth grade student at St. Mary Catholic School in Mokena, hugs her father, Bill, after receiving an award from the American Heart Association.

But two weeks later, Johnson faced a real-life test after her father slumped over in a chair from a heart attack. When the 911 dispatcher asked if anyone in the house knew CPR, Johnson told her mother “I’ve got this” and began compressions — a move that helped save her father’s life.

“It came back,” she said referring to the CPR training she had just gone through at school.

On Monday, Johnson received a standing ovation from St. Mary students as she received the Heart Saver Hero award from the American Heart Association for her action. Her father, Bill, and mother, Mary, also were present for the surprise award presentation.

“She’s my hero,” Bill Johnson said after the presentation.

Johnson spent three weeks at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox following his heart attack last November. He hadn’t been feeling well the morning of Nov. 3. He remembers sitting down and sighing just before he passed out.

Abby’s mother, Mary, screamed for her daughters to come downstairs and was calling 911. When the dispatcher asked if anyone knew CPR, Abby jumped in, delivering chest compressions until paramedics arrived. In all, she performed six rounds, each lasting about two minutes.

Stefani White (from left), vice president of youth market for the American Heart Association; Whitney Smyser, youth market director for the American Heart Association, Maddie Johnson, Bill Johnson, Abby Johnson, Mary Johnson, St. Mary Catholic School Principal Beth Cunningham and physical education/health teacher Anne Lindley.

Stefani White (from left), vice president of youth market for the American Heart Association; Whitney Smyser, youth market director for the American Heart Association, Maddie Johnson, Bill Johnson, Abby Johnson, Mary Johnson, St. Mary Catholic School Principal Beth Cunningham and physical education/health teacher Anne Lindley. (Alicia Fabbre / Daily Southtown)

 

One round alone can be exhausting, said Stefani White, vice president of the youth market for the American Heart Association. White noted paramedics normally take turns performing rounds of CPR because of how physically taxing it can be.

“She was exhausted,” Abby’s mother, Mary, recalled. “Her arms were shaking.”

Abby stayed on the phone with a 911 dispatcher who helped guide her as she delivered the compressions. At one point, after Abby told the dispatcher her father’s face was starting to turn blue, the dispatcher told her not to look at his face and continue the compressions.

“As they worked together, she became more focused,” Mary said.

Many friends and family were not surprised to hear about Abby’s actions. The 13-year-old, who plays three sports and is a straight-A student, has always been very kind-hearted and willing to help others, her parents said.

“There’s always been an awareness about Abby to do the right thing,” Bill said.

The Johnsons, who said they had many friends and family praying during Bill’s hospital stay, also are grateful that Lindley offered CPR training to students. Lindley said her own brother’s life was saved through CPR.

“Sometimes as a teacher, you wonder if you’ve made a difference,” Lindley said Monday. “This one, you know you did,”

She said other students have taken note of the Johnsons; experience and that when she taught her seventh-grade class, she didn’t have to remind them to pay attention.

“They were very serious about it,” she said.

As for the Johnsons, though Bill’s time in the hospital was touch and go at first, he is home now and doing well. He jokes that he now has three people watching his every move and that sneaking a bowl of ice cream or salted pretzels isn’t easy when his daughter catches him.

While in the hospital, nurses jokingly suggested Bill give his daughter a car or a pony. Instead, he gave her a ring with two hearts as a remembrance of her heroics and a token of his gratitude.

“I told her when someone asks her what’s the most important thing she’s ever done she’s got a great story,” he said.

 

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His heart stopped for 19 minutes. CPR saved his life.

 

We’ve all heard it; CPR can mean the difference between life or death.

“You can be very young, you can be very old, it does not matter. Cardiac arrest does not discriminate and can affect anyone at any time,” says Gabrielle Purick, Program Administrator for Keep the Beat, Mecklenburg County.

Sudden cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who seem to be healthy, including children, making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

It’s different than a heart attack in that a person who goes into cardiac arrest passes out, is unresponsive and unable to breathe on their own.

Sudden cardiac arrest is extremely fatal, it takes over 90 percent of the lives it affects,” which is why Purick said CPR is so crucial to survival.

“For every one-minute that someone is on the ground having a cardiac arrest without help their chance of survival goes down 10 percent,” she said.

It’s also why Omar’s case is such a testament to the power of CPR. Paramedics with Mecklenburg County EMS say this September Omar, a healthy 28-year old, went into sudden cardiac arrest. They say his heart stopped beating for 19 minutes.

“His case is actually what we aim for all of our cases to turn out as, so Omar got bystander CPR right away, got help on the scene, by the time our paramedics and EMT showed up, bystander CPR was being performed and now he’s alive and well today because of it,” said Purick.

Every year Mecklenburg County EMS transports more than 155-thousand patients.

But every so often, some of those patients return to thank the first responders who helped to save their lives. This December Omar and his family made a visit to MEDIC headquarters to meet the paramedics who helped to save him.

“Having patients come back and visit our teams that worked on them is personally my favorite part of getting to work here. We get to see Omar come back with his family, his child and his wife and really show the fruit of the labor that our employees work so hard to achieve,” said Purick.

He’s now sharing these special moments, showing how a life can be saved, by simply knowing CPR.

Purick says anyone can take free CPR classes through Keep the Beat. Keep the Beat is a joint initiative of Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic), Mecklenburg County, Atrium Health, and Novant Health that aims to reduce out of hospital cardiac mortality by increasing bystander CPR in Mecklenburg County.

The program offers free bystander CPR training, AED awareness and the PulsePoint app availability PulsePoint app is an app you can download to your phone, which sends out an alert when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest.

Purick says the county began using the app at the beginning of 2019 and already has more than 4,000 residents who have downloaded it.

According to MEDIC, more than 1,000 patients have survived and thrived after suffering sudden cardiac arrest in Mecklenburg County since 2010.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is extremely fatal, it takes over 90 percent of the lives it affects so to have 1000 people walking around our community who otherwise wouldn’t be is something we should be really proud of and it goes out to our community members who performed CPR before our people got there,” she said.

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Source: https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/health/cpr-saves-lives/275-aaed30f6-895e-4218-8d87-f9f506191c94


CPR Training – A Great Team Building Exercise!

CPR/First Aid Training – Corporate and Group Classes

Green Guard offers weekly CPR classes for companies and groups, Green Guard’s CPRAED and First Aid training program will help employers meet OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.

This 2-year certification course conforms to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, and the 2015 AHA and ARC Guidelines Update for First Aid.

Looking for a Team Building opportunity? Learn to save a life while providing a great team-building exercise.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Defibrillator’s (AED’s)

An automatic external defibrillator (AED) can save lives.

AEDs provide access to life-saving care at your business, event, or public gathering and can be used by team members without the need for a medical degree. Unfortunately, many misconceptions about AED management that often prevent people from installing or learning how to use one. It’s time to address these issues to make you and your employees or residents more comfortable with AED use.

 

Myth #1 – AEDs Are Hard To Use

Modern technology is pretty amazing, and that’s true when it comes to modern defibrillation devices. Instead of wading through a large instruction book to learn how to operate an AED in times of emergency, the staff is trained upon device installation in AED management. Even an untrained person could manage to use an AED, the technology is that user-friendly. Upon powering on an AED, the device itself provides walk-through instructions from start to finish. It’s virtually foolproof.

 

Myth #2 – I Will Be Held Liable If Something Happens

While it is a litigation-happy world, it is a myth that providing AED resuscitation assistance to a person will put you at risk for a lawsuit. Good Samaritan laws were put in place to offer just this kind of protection, prompting bystanders to take action that can greatly reduce further injury and even death.  Since only 8% of patients survive out-of-hospital cardiac incidents, defibrillation is encouragedAll jurisdictions in the United States provide some level of immunity to AED users, 60% require public access defibrillation maintenance, 59% require emergency medical service notification, 55% impose training requirements, and 41% require medical oversight. Understand more with  PlusTrac’s resource on AED Laws now.

 

Myth #3 – You’re Going To Shock Someone That Doesn’t Need It

In the year 2019 — this just can’t happen. Modern safety checks are built into each AED so that you can’t shock someone you’re not supposed to. Every AED analyzes the patient and looks for two specific rhythms indicating cardiac distress, the AED will only shock if the rhythm is found. Accidental shocking is now only part of Hollywood entertainment.

 

Myth #4 – Emergency Services Will Be Slower If We Have an AED

This myth is simply false. Emergency responders do not delay service based on AED presence. In fact, a registered AED can provide 9-11 responders additional resources to support you over the phone while you’re waiting for help to arrive. Operators can help you locate registered devices by guiding you through your building, and even help dispatch a volunteer responder if there is one nearby. This emergency treatment may help you buy the minutes needed to stabilize an injury while waiting for that ambulance to arrive.

 

Myth #5 – AEDs Are Expensive Equipment For a Very Rare Occurrence

Sudden cardiac arrest is a lot more common than most people think. Over 320,000 people experience these events outside a hospital each year, with very low survival rates. In a situation where every second counts, AEDs can buy life-saving time. And this life-saving technology is affordable. Over a ten-year period, the average AED will cost about only about $130-$300 per year to own, as technology advances costs continue to improve for the value of what you purchase.

Don’t let the myths and misconceptions about AEDs prevent you from offering this safety net to your employees.

 

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Grocery Store Employee Saves Customer’s Life

Call it an early Christmas Miracle.

Kevin Garcia says he was waiting in line at the Save Mart at Willow and Nees in Fresno, when suddenly he keeled over with a heart attack. That’s when Garcia says his cashier ran around the counter to give him CPR, and saved his life.

“Everything’s fine, and I feel like I have a new chance at life – a new lease at life.”

56-year-old Kevin Garcia is looking for the cashier at SaveMart who saved his life when he had a heart attack last week. Guess what — we found him!

 

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We caught up with Garcia about five minutes before he was carted off to surgery at St. Agnes Hospital.

For a guy about to have heart surgery – boy was he spritely.

“The doctor told me, hey, you need to see a cardiologist. I didn’t disagree, I just scheduled the cardiologist for December 26th, which is a little bit far away, and I didn’t quite make it,” Garcia explained.

He didn’t make it to that cardiologist appointment, because he didn’t make it home from the grocery store last week.

And before you know it, my ears started ringing – and they’ve rung before, because they had some congestion and this was something that I felt – but this time it was different, and the congestion turned into what sounded like tinnitus with a jet engine.

Michael Perkins is an employee at that store and noticed something was wrong.

“Checking in this register right here, and I just heard this crash and I looked up. Things were going all over the place, and the lady right here said, ‘oh my god’ and she ran around. And I turned around, and this gentleman’s feet were right here, and he’d hit his head on the corner, and he was bleeding.”

Very luckily, before his days as a cashier, Perkins used to work at a hospital.

CPR means applying firm, consistent chest compressions. Doctors say it can be very exhausting to maintain.

Witnesses say that Perkins administered CPR for about five minutes.

“To be honest with you, it seemed like a couple of seconds. It happened, and it was over in the blink of an eye,” Perkins said.

Garcia says that if it weren’t for Perkins, he would not be here to tell his story.

There’s no other way to say it – he saved my life… That guy’s a hero, and I don’t know much about him – I know his name’s Michael. but I hope he gets some recognition, and I hope he’ll let me do a few nice things for him. I’ve got some really nice things in mind.”

Kevin’s father says that he’s out of surgery, doing just fine. He’ll have to take a little bit to recover.

 

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Source: https://kmph.com/news/local/fresno-grocery-store-cashier-saves-customers-life-after-he-suffered-a-heart-attack