AED saves Region 8 college student's life

AED saves Region 8 college student's life

MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR (KAIT) - One student owes her life to two faculty members and a machine at Ozarka College in Mountain View.

Wednesday, April 6 started out like any other day for student Susan "Sue" Chasteen.

She was sitting in class, waiting for it to begin, and talking to other students when she became dizzy. She thought it was from an existing medical condition.

The student she was visiting with went to the nearest faculty office for help.

David Mitchell, a science faculty member, went to help Sue while another faculty member called 911.

Nursing faculty member Mike Rogers was also told of the situation and rushed to help.

Rogers and Mitchell were able to get Sue out of her chair and onto the floor to begin CPR.

Rogers began chest compressions. Mitchell grabbed an automated external defibrillator.

Mitchell used the AED to shock Sue two times without response.

When an ambulance arrived, Rogers continued to do chest compressions as Sue was placed on the gurney.

The AED was used one last time and they were able to get a good pulse.

Sue was transported to Stone County Hospital.

"The AED machine did just what it was supposed to," Mitchell said.

When Sue arrived at the hospital, she had no clue that she was suffering from heart failure.

She thought she had passed out from a known medical condition, but she had suffered a heart attack.

As hospital staff prepared Sue for transport to White River Health System, they said that the AED without a doubt saved Sue's life.

All employees at Ozarka College in Mountain View are certified in CPR and the use of the AED.

The college was awarded a Blue & You Foundation grant to buy 30 first aid kits, 16 AED and to train 11 people in CPR and AED instruction to train the rest of Ozarka College's administration.

Sue had to have two surgeries. She is doing well now and is looking forward to finishing the semester and getting back into her regular routine.

Sue says that before her heart attack, she barely noticed the AEDs but knows that Rogers and Mitchell saved her life by using it.

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