Heart attack patients give thanks to Delaware first responders
February 27, 2013By Kim Phan and Hayley Odell
For anyone who has ever suffered a heart attack, nothing is scarier than those first moments in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. In New Castle County heart attack survivors got to say thank you to those who saved their lives.
February is traditionally the time given to celebrate matters of the heart, not only because of Valentine’s Day but also because the month of February has been declared as National Heart Month. This special designation is a part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of death in the
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s
Gordon said many of the responders needed great collaboration for a successful rescue. While Gordon spoke of the protocols as a “chain of survival” that could significantly influence a positive outcome for victims in cardiac distress, he also emphasized the importance in the joint effort of police, fire fighters, and paramedics as they all stood together and were recognized for their achievements.
The survivors ranged in age from teens to seniors. One case sited was of a 17 year high school student who needed to be shocked by paramedics after suffering a heart attack on the school's basketball court. New Castle County officials said it was an example of the type of work paramedics do.