Rescue 911 – Heart Attack Teacher

Rescue 911 – Heart Attack Teacher


when rescue [workers] are sent to the scene of an [emergency] they never know what they’ll encounter or who the victim might be I’m William Shatner tonight true stories of courageous people who step forward in a moment of crisis on rescue 900 We begin at a local high school in the small town of tip city, Ohio on the morning of may 9tH 1988 Seventeen-year-old test donor was a senior at the school I was walking to class and uh it was about [5:00] to [8:00] So everyone was you know talking to their friends and just getting ready for class and I was looking for Mr.. Suder which is why I saw it happen I Was walking into the cafeteria tea and Mr.. Sanella um passed to get out of study hall for the day Here Mr.. [Suder] was just gathering papers getting his attendance sheet out To see someone collapse and not breathe and just die in front of you It was really really scary and immediately instinct I ran to the office I Said Mr.. Suder thought out call the ambulance. She told me to go down to get Mr.. [Judy] who knew CPR Someone in the office called the police while teacher IRV Collins ran to help. I suspected it was more than just feigning I Remember thinking that I’d better get to that cafeteria as quickly as I can Ralph had already started turning blue his eyes were clouded over and he was frothing at the mouth I had a Kleenex I remember cleaning that out of his mouth and then checking his jugular vein to see if there was any pulse at That time I could feel [nothing] Everybody please move back get out of the [cafeteria] I knew that it was a very serious [situation], and I didn’t want the kids to be around Mr.. Seaver Tips an emergency service squad one this is your call at 7:59 a.m. A call for help went out to the Town’s volunteer emergency rescue unit 7:59 tests found health teacher Jim Judy a certified CPR instructor in his classroom I Had the back of my mind that it might be a [coroner]. Just because of the risk factors. He didn’t exercise He was a smoker plus his age that. I knew that you [know] it just might be a heart attack Jim there’s no pulse. No breathing I Went to go in but the teachers were pushing all the students out so I just kind of stood back and watched What three I? Thought it was hopeless. It just seemed like forever for the rescue squad to get there When we continue I was just amazed this teacher who I have had Was lying there dead [on] the floor? It had been five minutes since high school teacher Ralph Souter had suffered a heart attack during study hall. What who write? Volunteer rescue workers met at the station to pick up their vehicles and headed to the scene 26 [year] [old] Paramedic Gary Jackson was in charge [I] had a Lot of alarm bells going off on this run for some reason in my mind that it was going to be a bad one Keep in mind when person’s heart stops or they stop breathing you have? Four to six minutes to get oxygen back into that system before brain damage sets in What ralph was not blinking his eyes he had no pulse for all practical purposes Ralph was gone But we just felt like we could not give up because Ralph was a very close friend [two] three four five side of Bob the end Come on there. I went into just a different mode in which I didn’t feel anything there weren’t any Emotions I felt at that particular time It was just a matter of doing the [procedure], and it was almost like watching somebody [else] do it both paramedic Jackson an Emt [Todd] Stalker had graduated from the same school Less than eight years earlier the things that were [learns] from our mind at that point were I don’t know who this person is yet and I’m really afraid to find out [3] [4] what I Want to capture I was shocked when I saw her doing cPR on I mainly recognized, Mr. Seeger having been a performer student of his in sophomore chemistry class [one] [two] [three] bullet finally teacher a good teacher anybody had a specific problem He more [than] when we stay after class rate and stay after school to help you out with it had set up if you always got on the monitor, we got beep ab a shocking oh Shark Paddle, I was scared because I hadn’t really been on that many cardiac arrest I was just amazed that this teacher. [he’ll] I had had was lying there dead on the floor [one-two-three], okay, let’s hit him again 200 again [and] V-Fib the heart basically quivering There’s no [pump] action the Electro activity is very disorganized Our protocol for people in V-fib is immediate counter shocks Go, babe, okay one more time. Let’s hit him at 300 this time everyone clap player I was frustrated and very discouraged when the first three initial shocks didn’t work they teaching in class if you’re going to convert somebody you can convert them on the first or second Shock I Was handed there are initial cardiac drugs administered as drugs for protocols With no change in the electrical activity of the heart at this point I decided that we needed to shock him one more time at maximum wattage and go ahead and let him go to the hospital regardless of what we got Okay, okay. We got a rhythm. We got a pulse to go with that [just] gonna post okay, okay, everybody was elated [it] was as though. We had received a shot of adrenaline [the] tension in the room was let out you could breathe again. It’s one of the first true conversions of an arrest patient that I’d ever witnessed in the field 1 2 3 the Immediate administration of bystander CPR, but Mr.. Duty Mr.. Collins in this situation gave the squad something Valuable to work with when they got on the scene It’s very rare that I’ve ever seen civilians give effective CPR My concern what degree of brain damage, but we’re going to have here. I got the doors. He was in a coma It’s during that time that was the most concern whether we had been effective giving CPR Is it in the back of your mind? You’re always thinking well Maybe we just didn’t do an effective enough job didn’t get enough oxygen to the brain and that he might have suffered brain damage not responding to painful stimuli After 20 minutes without a heartbeat [Ralph] Souter entered stouter memorial in critical condition with little hope for a full recovery Doctors tried to prepare his wife diane for the worst When the neurologist told me that Ralph might be in a coma for a long time I? was nuMb and He said the longer he was in a coma a more neurological damage there probably was going to be From the very first moment that I went in and and took his hand and told him that I was there It was just very evident that he was fighting and that he wanted to get out of this It was evident for the next six weeks. No matter how bleak the situation would get Just when a doctor would come in and give us the worst possible prognosis the very Next day or the very next evening would be when we would start seeing ralph fight so much harder Perhaps in part because of Diane’s Faithful support Ralph came out of the coma suffering only temporary memory loss After undergoing heart bypass surgery Ralph was back teaching that same fall Today Ralph is one of the happiest guys I’ve ever known he’s changed. His whole lifestyle he quit smoking cigarettes He’s watching his diet, and he seems so much more relaxed How many of you would be working on me? autobiographies And how many of you unload us Ralph cannot forget his fellow teachers and former students who were there when he needed the most? It’s very difficult to put into words. How you feel about people who saved your life. I feel very close to them I feel very close also to the people who supported me in the school After the incident I’m totally lost when comes You talk a lot about science something. I really didn’t care about Mr.. [cyr] took chemistry [made] it interesting made it exciting showed The practicality of chemistry in everyday life I feel great to see Mr. suder out back Teaching [gives] me a good feeling that I played at least a small part in making that possible to bring it back Give him that [chance] to you know [lead] [a] [full] life. [I] was so happy that I could I mean come back from Having him as a teacher Giving him all the trouble that I did and then ended up saving his life say it was amazing I Think knowing CPR is one of the most important things that anyone can do for themselves Can anyone else around them it’s it’s not just something that people say It really does save lives Even the children realize we’ve been given a gift of extra time here. [I] can’t imagine being without Ralph I Can’t imagine Our family without him the children were myself It’s made me realize the abilities that I have it’s given me time That I think I will make very good use of or at least I will try to And I’m very appreciative of that time feels great [Carrie] keep it up Okay