Archive - Nov 6, 2011

Archive - Nov 6, 2011

Point Pleasant surfer saves Bay Head man using CP

Written by
Keith Ruscitti | Staff Writer

POINT PLEASANT — It was 28 years ago when Jeff Beverly took a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class.

Beverly signed up for the session months after witnessing his wife, Robin, suffer through a serious asthma attack, a situation which caught him off-guard and unprepared.

“I was in shock, I didn’t know CPR or anything,’’ said Beverly, 54. “I felt totally helpless.’’

Today, Bay Head resident David Turberfield is alive and recovering because of Beverly’s use of the resuscitation procedure. It was the first time the Point Pleasant resident has used the procedure.

During a surfing session off the Harris Street beach in Bay Head late in the afternoon on Oct. 17, Beverly observed Turberfield face down in the water to the south side of a jetty.

“At first, I thought it was one of my buddies playing a joke,’’ said Beverly. “Then I turned him over and he was gone.’’

Marathon runner returns to race he had cardiac arrest at

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It was just two years ago that Bill Zahler nearly died after completing the Mid-South Championship Marathon in Wynne. "I took a few steps over the finish line and had a cardiac arrest," said Zahler.

Zahler was without a pulse for nearly 40 minutes. Doctor's used a fairly new procedure, therapeutic hypothermia, a machine that lowers your body temperature, to save Zahler's life. It is an event many often don't live to tell about. Now he is using that experience to promote a healthy lifestyle. He says his past experience has only strengthened his faith.

"He performs miracles and I consider what happened to be to be a miracle from God," said Zahler.

Friday afternoon, Bill Zahler made a trip to St. Bernard's Medical Center. Not only did he get to meet the nurses and doctor who treated him, but the machine that saved his life.

"It may remember me, but I don't remember it. And I wouldn't want to have this thing over me. It's much too cold," said Zahler.

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