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The gift of life a second time

Quick action, fast thinking and cooperation ended in good news and saved a man’s life recently in Pulaski County.

These circumstances are certainly not a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, thanks to training, quick action and response by dedicated emergency medical personnel, physicians and nurses.

There are others who have been givers of extended life including police, firefighters and onlookers.

To them all go heart felt thanks from survivors, families and the public.

No one knows when a life-threatening attack or accident might occur, but we know there are well-trained people ready to act in such emergencies.

Just such an incident occurred recently at Fairview Home in Pulaski County when staff members’ quick response saved a man’s life that was having a heart attack.

It was training, experience, quick response and a handy piece of life-saving equipment, an AED or Automated Eternal Defibrillator that led to the stricken man’s recovery.

These events, plus action from emergency medical personnel, flight crew of a flying angel and medical personnel at a Roanoke hospital led to a successful end to a possible tragic beginning.

The experience and training of the handful of staff that reacted promptly and professionally, with the aid of one special piece of equipment came to the rescue in mid-August.

The AED can be utilized when a person is experiencing a life-threatening cardiac attack.

An official with Cintas, the company that supplies the AED unit at Fairview, said this was the first successful use of one of the firm’s units in the western area of Virginia.

No doubt the good news from Fairview is supportive evidence of this life-saving device.

Thanks to Meaza Yerdaw, Lea Porter, Teresa Quesenberry, Holly Hughes, Kristy McMahan, and Amy Lynch for a job well done.



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