Archive - Jan 11, 2011

Archive - Jan 11, 2011

Wisconsin Student, 11, Saved at School by Custodian, School Nurse and Others

OMRO, Wis. -- An Omro girl is lucky to be alive all because three Omro School District employees acted quickly.

Two weeks ago, 11-year-old Amber Jahr nearly died. 

"We thought she recovered from the flu, but apparently the virus went into her heart," said her mother, Julie.

But Amber felt fine and went to school. Then, during her physical education class, Amber went into cardiac arrest.

"She was slumped up against the bleachers," Phy. Ed. teacher Joe Horvath.

Horvath acted quickly and called the school nurse and 911. Soon, first responders arrived including school custodian Don Schrauth who called for the automated external defibrillator outside the gym.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community LIFE Program to Donate 31 More AEDs to Minnesota Organizations

At least thirteen lives have been saved by law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel using defibrillators donated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Mdewakanton LIFE Program. Another 40 lives have been saved by Mdewakanton Emergency Services and trained SMSC First Responders using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on the reservation over the past eight years.

The SMSC has donated 673 AEDs since the program began in 2004 and facilitated the low cost purchase of an additional 20 units. The SMSC announces the approval to donate 31 more AEDs to Minnesota organizations and departments.

Each year 295,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest before they reach a hospital. Bystanders or emergency personnel can save many of these lives using CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and an AED.

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