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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Man having an asthma attack saved by police officer

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Call it fate, call it what you want. A police officer near Atlanta, George happened to be in the right place at the right time to save the life of someone who was having an asthma attack.

Linda Tyler was rushing her 42 year old son, Keith Haynes, to the hospital when he "siezed up, went limp and stopped breathing" according to a video on The Today Show

Linda was near a BP gas station, and saw a police officer inside. She ran inside and begged the officer to help her son. It was raining, so the police officer and another son carried Keith Haynes inside to perform CPR. You can actually watch the video that was recorded by the gas station's security system. It shows the police officer doing CPR on Haynes.

They worked on him until paramedics came and were able to get him breathing again. Dying from asthma is rare, but every day in the U.S 9 people will die from asthma. My second son almost stopped breathing twice as we were rushing him to the hospital. It's a horrible thing to see.

Here are more stats from Asthma and Allergy Foundation

Fast Facts
Every day in America:
  • 44,000 people have an asthma attack.
  • 36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
  • 27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
  • 4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
  • 1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
  • 9 people die from asthma.

 Talk to your doctor about preventing an asthma attack. Know what causes (or triggers) asthma attacks for you and know how to avoid your triggers. Make sure you are taking your maintenance (daily) medication. Ask your doctor when you should use your inhaler. Don't wait until it's too late. Here is info from Webmd of when to call 911:

  • Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out
  • Coughing that won't stop
  • Very rapid breathing
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Tightened neck and chest muscles, called retractions
  • Difficulty talking
  • Feelings of anxiety or panic
  • Pale, sweaty face
  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Or worsening symptoms despite use of your medications
Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms.
 Remember that an ambulance can get you to a hospital quicker and they have oxygen and other things on board to save your life. DON'T try to rush someone to the hospital in your car. The Emergency Room doctor yelled at me the last time I did that told me to call and ambulance next time. Minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Luckily for Keith Haynes, and police officer was there to save his life.

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