August 3, 2014 |
You might recall the name of Michelle Funk, the toddler who was submerged underwater in an icy creek in 1986 for more than an hour. When paramedics finally pulled her out, she was lifeless, cold and blue. Miraculously, as the American Medical Association later described it, the 21/2-year-old not only survived, she made a full recovery. No one had ever been "dead" for that long and brought back without severe brain damage. Funk's recovery is an extraordinary case of resuscitation, the act of bringing patients back to life.
December 22, 1997 |
At one moment yesterday, a sellout crowd of 77,000 at the Silverdome was screaming its lungs out, cheering on the Detroit Lions to a playoff berth and Barry Sanders to a milestone. The next moment, there was dead silence. Detroit's Reggie Brown, a second-year linebacker from Texas A&M, was knocked unconscious in a chilling collision during the fourth quarter of the Lions' 13-10 victory over the New York Jets and suffered a bruised spine. Brown, 23, needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after trainers and doctors rushed out to attend to him, and he left the field in an ambulance.
March 28, 1999 |
The body of the boy seemed stuck to the shattered windshield of the purple Dodge Neon as it sped along Cuthbert Boulevard that day last June. Seventh grader Andrea Sammut had watched in horror as her classmate, Brian Place, was struck by the car and thrown 20 feet. The two had been walking home from school with Greg White and Jason Klevenz. Klevenz was walking his bicycle. Sammut was four feet behind Place when he tried to cross Cuthbert at Merrick Avenue and was hit. He was propelled over the Neon and landed on his back and head, knocking him unconscious.
October 15, 1989 |
Quick thinking and emergency training by a convenience store employee may have saved the life of a Toms River man Monday, a rescue squad member said. Debra Good, 33, manager of the Wawa store in the Country Lakes Shopping Center, Browns Mills, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Louis Drahos, 73, after he went into cardiac arrest in his car outside the store. Good, a former member of the New Egypt First Aid volunteer squad, said a woman came into the Wawa about 8 a.m. asking for help.
September 9, 1999 |
Authorities were investigating the drowning of a 9-month-old baby who was found face down in the bathtub of a Camden apartment yesterday morning. The Camden County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of Jovanny Martinez accidental, but authorities were looking into the circumstances, said Greg Reinert, spokesman for the county Prosecutor's Office. The mother, Latisia Martinez, 19, told police that Jovanny was bathing with his 2-year-old sister when she found him unresponsive in the tub, Reinert said.
September 3, 1989 |
Doctors on a golf outing in Overbrook yesterday morning dived into the waters of a nearby creek to save a 10-year-old West Philadelphia boy who was drowning. Jerry Mancini, of the 6500 block of Lebanon Avenue, was not breathing and had no pulse, and his skin had turned dark blue, after he fell into the Indian Creek branch of Cobbs Creek. As the boy sank beneath the surface, one of his friends ran screaming across the Karakung Golf Course, where William Keen, 30, a cardiology fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and two other doctors were ready to tee off on the 14th hole.
May 30, 1991 |
Margaret Procopio is alive today thanks to two of Medford Township's finest. On Nov. 1, Procopio, 78, drove from her home in Maple Shade to St. Mary of the Lakes Church in Medford to attend Mass with her daughter. She entered church about 20 minutes early for the 9 a.m. Mass that All Saints Day. "I walked into church and I felt a little funny," Procopio said after a ceremony last week honoring Medford police officers. "I was getting out of breath. I sat down and I collapsed.
July 16, 1994 |
Tyrone Haynes carries his life in a blue duffel bag. He owns only the clothes on his back, the cap on his head and the shoes on his feet. His home is where he lays his head at night. A former painter who said he had fallen on hard times and turned to drinking and drugs, he comes by way of meals when and where he can. Though he is homeless, Haynes has a heart - a heart that led him to save the life of a man who lay pulseless and breathless near 16th and Locust streets two days ago. The man, Thomas Clisby, is now recovering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in guarded condition in the intensive care unit last evening, hospital officials said.
February 6, 1986 |
It was just before noon on New Year's Eve when Andy Bilotta, 59, of Havertown, and his wife, Marie, went to Luca's Pizza in the Manoa Shopping Center for lunch. Keith Jackson served a pizza to the couple and was walking away when he heard Marie Bilotta call her husband's name several times. "I didn't know what was happening, but his wife said it was his heart," said Jackson, who is a cashier at the pizza shop. What happened next, Bilotta said, saved his life. "I put my hand to my head, my wife told me, and I was gasping and my eyes started to spin," Bilotta recalled Monday.
October 19, 2010 |
A lifesaving technique is in your hands - literally - when someone's heart stops. The American Heart Association on Monday released updated cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines that call for pressing on the victim's chest and skipping or delaying mouth-to-mouth breaths. The recommendations reflect research showing that "hands-only" CPR is at least as effective in the first few crucial minutes after cardiac arrest as conventional CPR - and unquestionably better than doing nothing.