Heart attack victim saved at run PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 06 September 2013 09:53
Runners compete in the Boy Scout Soaring Eagle Run Saturday morning, August 31, 2013. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Toledo nurse is being lauded for saving the life of a runner during the Boy Scout Half Marathon and Tenderfoot 5k on Saturday in Bowling Green.
"We're just extremely grateful," said Don Snyder, one of the event's organizers. "You just never know who in the crowd is a hero. She stepped up in extraordinary circumstances, and that's what makes her a hero in our eyes and in the family's eyes."
According to Snyder, who was not at the finish line at the time, Linda Shaw, Toledo, a registered nurse and clinical coordinator for the practical nursing program at Stauzenberger College, was standing at the finish line of the Tenderfoot 5k at the Wood County Fairgrounds when another woman, Marie Schalk, New Riegel, collapsed with 15 yards to go.
"She had suffered a heart attack," said Snyder. Shaw immediately responded to Schalk.
"She was unresponsive, she was not breathing and no pulse. Immediately (Shaw) started CPR" chest-compressions, while another unidentified woman reportedly assisted with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics came. Once there, the EMTs used a defibrillator on Schalk, starting her heart and getting her to breath again.
She was taken to Wood County Hospital, and was later transferred to St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, where a stent was implanted in an artery.
"She is going to have a full recovery," said Snyder. "There is no heart damage, muscle damage, brain damage, kidney damage."
Shaw's work in continually compressing Schalk's chest - and thus keeping blood pumping to vital organs - is being credited with saving the woman's life.
"Basically the EMT that was doing the report, that came back later, had mentioned that she should not be alive, and this is beating the odds a great amount."
"They said (the chest compressions) was absolutely critical, and that was why there was no damage, because blood kept flowing, never stopped except for a few seconds there."
"The surgeon that put in the stent at the hospital," Snyder continued, "said that whoever did the chest compressions 'did a hell of a job.' That was recognized all the way through."
"That's the only reason why the lady is walking the earth today."
Almost ironically, Snyder reported that just 10 minutes beforehand, Shaw had been speaking with news anchor Jerry Anderson about the fact that she, too, is a distance runner and has an internal defibrillator. She reportedly told Anderson during that conversation about the importance of being CPR qualified and trained.
A telephone message and an email left for Shaw were not immediately returned.

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