Archive - Apr 26, 2012

Archive - Apr 26, 2012


Three and a Half Hours of CPR Bring 29-Year-Old Back to Life

Mooresville, NC--When McDowell County EMS responded to a 7 a.m. call on Jan. 25, they could not have anticipated the sequence of events that would occur.

What unfolded was a near miracle – 3 ½ hours of CPR that gave life to a man on the brink of death.

EMS arrived at the scene to find 29-year-old John Letterman hypothermic and unconscious. En route to The McDowell Hospital, Letterman went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics immediately began CPR and initiated advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols in an attempt to restart Letterman’s heart during a 30-minute drive to the hospital.

“EMS had already been performing CPR in the ambulance for 30 minutes, and once we received him, our hospital staff was waiting and ready to continue,” said Suzanna Berryhill, a staff nurse at The McDowell Hospital.

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