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Cardiac arrest patient saved by 'Chain of Response, gives thanks to first responders

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First responders Thomas Vaughn and Jessica Escalona last saw Woodrow Danielson when the 36-year-old went into cardiac arrest two months ago.

“When we saw him initially, he was all blue in the face and he looks completely different,” said Vaughn.

Woodrow met with the paramedics on Saturday to offer his gratitude for saving his life.

“We really don't get a lot of follow up on our patients and it's really rewarding to see such a young patient come out of it unscathed,” said Escalona.

Woodrow’s 17-year old daughter learned cpr two years ago. She started something that the Metro West Ambulance crew calls the “Chain of Survivial.”

“Knowing that she was able to focus that night and take care of her dad and be right there when we needed her, because I know at the moment I was panicked.”

Experts say that if you have a loved one in cardiac arrest, the "Chain of Survival" can save lives.

The chain starts with recognizing that there is an emergency and calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, using a defibrillator (if needed), and continues through receiving treatment.

  • Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system.
  • Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions.
  • Rapid defibrillation.
  • Basic and advanced emergency medical services.
  • Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care.

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