Archive - Dec 31, 2012

Archive - Dec 31, 2012

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AEDs in Metra Trains Could Save Lives

CHICAGO--All Metra trains will be equipped with automatic external defibrillators by the end of January, officials announced on Thursday.

The easy-to-use, automated device helped a Naperville woman save two lives at the fitness center were she works.

The latest involved a man who collapsed face first on a treadmill after going into cardiac arrest. Tracy Trimble got some help rolling the man over, then she performed CPR and chest compressions. And with the defibrillator, she brought the man back to life.

“His body jolted and the machine told me to continue CPR, so I continued,” she said. “And I gave one last breath and all of a sudden miraculously, he was awake again.”

Trimble says she sees the man at the gym every so often: “He’s a big Italian guy so he gives me a hug and a kiss on the cheek every time he sees me.”

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