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Teen's Heart Stops After Baseball Hits Him, Then a 'Miracle'

Steve Smith's life may have been saved by a quick-acting teammate

(Newser) - Two Virginia teens are suddenly more than just baseball teammates after a near-death experience during a practice July 14, NBC Washington reports. Steve Smith was running the bases when a throw from the catcher inadvertently nailed him under his left armpit, causing cardiac arrest. “His heart stopped immediately,"... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per 9to5mac.com , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

Family: 'Miracle' Saved 5-Year-Old From Heart Attack

His dad gave him CPR for 16 minutes

(Newser) - Stone Buckner lost oxygen at birth so that he was "laying lifeless," says his father, David Buckner. "I saw God work that out." He's now witnessed a second "miracle." Now 5, Stone collapsed and stopped breathing on Friday, reports WATE . "I laid... More »

Woman Thanks Anonymous Hero in Newspaper Ad

'She saved my life that day'

(Newser) - A Colorado woman has reached out to thank the anonymous Good Samaritan who saved her life at a Walmart last month—via a newspaper ad. The Summit County woman, identified only as Teresa, stopped breathing after experiencing a seizure and collapsed at a Walmart in Frisco, reports CBS Denver . Walmart... More »

Girl Almost Drowns, Then Docs Discover Tumor

Emily Thomas was having increasingly violent seizures

(Newser) - In June 2014, Emily Thomas dipped under the water one more time as her family finished swimming, when she had a seizure. Seeing her body float to the surface, her parents performed CPR and, two minutes later, got her heart beating again. But when doctors performed an MRI scan at... More »

Man in Lake Felt Something Brush His Foot, Is Now Hero

That 'something' was a 3-year-old

(Newser) - Angelo Mondragon is officially a father of three. In his heart, he's a father of four. The 32-year-old Colorado man was in waist-deep water while swimming at Windsor Lake north of Denver on Sunday afternoon when he felt something brush against his feet, reports CBS Denver . It wasn't... More »

Without Pulse for 45 Minutes, Mom Lives to Meet Newborn

After a routine cesarean section, an amniotic fluid embolism nearly killed the mom

(Newser) - An amniotic fluid embolism is a rare and easily fatal complication following childbirth that occurs when amniotic fluid enters the mother's bloodstream. When a 40-year-old Florida woman suffered from one after a routine cesarean section in late September, medical staff caught it in time to perform CPR. After 45... More »

Dog Eats Nasty Toad, Gets 'Mouth-to-Snout' CPR

Florida dog had fallen unconscious in a canal

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Florida dog owner gave his pooch mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—or "mouth to snout," he calls it—in an effort to save the dog's life, the Miami Herald reports. Andrew Burtschin, 29, returned from a boating trip to his Key Largo home on Oct. 1... More »

Woman 'Dead' for 42 Minutes Brought Back to Life

Thanks to high-tech CPR machine

(Newser) - An Australian woman was brought back to life after being clinically dead for 42 minutes, the Herald Sun reports. Vanessa Tanasio, a 41-year-old mother of two, collapsed while getting her kids ready for school a week ago. She'd had a heart attack, and was declared clinically dead soon after... More »

Sometimes, Resuscitating the Elderly Is Just Cruel

Doctor: Patients, families need to have conversation beforehand

(Newser) - Last week, a British doctor made headlines for his belief that hospitals give up too early on way too many patients declared dead. Now, another is arguing in the Daily Mail that he sees too many elderly people being resuscitated when it makes little sense to do so, all because... More »

Elderly Woman Denied CPR Raises Ethical Questions

But family is satisfied with care Lorraine Bayless received

(Newser) - The death of an 87-year-old woman in a California retirement community after a nurse refused to perform CPR is raising all sorts of ethical and legal questions. But Lorraine Bayless' family says the woman was aware that there were no trained medical staffers on hand and "had full knowledge... More »

Nurse Won't Give CPR, Elderly Woman Dies

911 dispatcher in Bakersfield, Calif., pleads for help

(Newser) - A nurse at a senior living facility north of Los Angeles refused to administer CPR to an 87-year-old woman who was hardly breathing—and who later died, the LA Times reports. "It’s a human being," pleaded Bakersfield fire dispatcher Tracey Halvorson on a 911 tape recorded this... More »

Odds of Getting CPR Lower in Poor Areas

Blacks and Latinos less likely to get help anywhere: study

(Newser) - Sudden cardiac arrest is America's top killer—but in the few minutes after it occurs, CPR can save a life. But cardiac arrest victims in lower-income, largely black neighborhoods are just half as likely to receive CPR as those in wealthier, white neighborhoods, a study finds. Those who suffer... More »

Man Revived After 96 Mins of CPR

Device that helped save man's life becoming standard emergency equipment

(Newser) - Minnesota man Howard Snitzer survived for an incredible 96 minutes without a pulse thanks to a device called a capnograph—and the determination of two dozen first responders. The device, which measures how much carbon dioxide is expelled with each breath, lets doctors know how much blood is being carried... More »

Husband Dies Trying to Revive Wife With CPR

Both apparently suffered fatal heart attacks

(Newser) - A sad and unusual story out of Washington state: A 61-year-old man called 911 to say that his wife was having a heart attack and that he was starting CPR. The phone then went silent. When paramedics arrived and broke into the house, they found the husband slumped over his... More »

Cops: Man Gives CPR —Then Steals a Purse

'Good Samaritan' faces burglary charges

(Newser) - A not-so-Good Samaritan helped a man who'd just had a heart attack by administering CPR in the parking lot of an Orlando store—then stole the purse of the victim's wife, say police. Jack Yandle, 30, rushed from the store to try to revive the man, but when medical crews... More »

Study: Skip Mouth-to-Mouth During CPR

Doing only chest compressions saves more lives, say researchers

(Newser) - Might the days of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation be numbered? Yet another study suggests that sticking only to chest compressions saves the lives of heart attack victims more reliably, the Wall Street Journal reports. The results, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, complement existing evidence that skipping mouth-to-mouth in favor... More »

Travolta Recounts Effort to Save 'Autistic' Jett

Continuing testimony could be key in $25M extortion case

(Newser) - John Travolta appeared in a Bahamian court today and recounted his efforts to save dying son Jett earlier this year, E! reports. He also publicly acknowledged Jett's troubles for the first time: "He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder." After a nanny woke them to say... More »

'Stayin' Alive' in Rhythm With CPR

(Newser) - Disco may be dead, but it can still help others live. So say University of Illinois researchers, who found that med students performed CPR more effectively to the beat of the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive,” notes the Health Blog of the Wall Street Journal. Seems the song... More »

Skip Liplock, 'Go for the Heart' to Save a Life

Chest compressions key in heart attack CPR, says health group

(Newser) - Reluctant bystanders can skip mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if they witness someone collapse from a heart attack, but should attempt "hands-only" CPR to save a life, the American Heart Association has recommended.  With less than a third of cardiac arrest victims receiving any form of CPR before it's too late,... More »

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