Nurses save man's life with CPR

  1. A Bakersfield man is lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack while driving. But thanks to two nurses, his is alive and well.

    "We saw what kind of looked like a car rolled up against a tree," said registered nurse Nancy Bryant. "There was an older lady out in the middle of the road running around."

    Bryant and her sister, Linn Fraley were driving on Bodfish Canyon Road when they saw a frantic woman trying to get help.

    "It's just a small, narrow, two lane road that goes up into the hills," said Fraley.

    The emergency wasn't just the woman's car was crumpled against a tree, it was her husband, Holte, who suffered a heart attack just before crashing the car.

    "I checked him and he's not moving, he's not breathing, he's not doing anything, and I thought 'oh my God,' opened the car up, drug him out of the car, laid him on the ground," said Bryant. The sisters attempted to pump air into Holte's lungs with CPR. "We were doing two-man CPR," said Fraley. "That means one was doing chest compressions and the other one was doing ventilations, and then periodically we would switch."

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  3. by   begalli
    WOW! BRAVO to those Bakersfield nurses!!

    I watched the video clip. The news anchorperson opened the story, in part, with this statement, "The persistence of these two trained medical professionals..."

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! KGET, channel 17! And especially THANK YOU to those nurses!

    I keep an emergency kit in my car with all the protective gear and a keychain kit in my purse. I wonder if the nurses had a cpr mask or shield on their person or in thier car because I have to be honest, I'm not sure I could do mouth to mouth without it!

    I only wish that the little graphic they showed next to the anchorperson was a nursing symbol as oppossed to the ARC symbol.

    But I digress. CPR saved this man's life.

    I will write to this station and thank them for this positive light on nurses. Goodness knows it hasn't been all good lately out here in CA.

    Hope the dingbat in Sacto was watching or reading.
    Last edit by begalli on Mar 3, '05
  4. by   jnette
    Good Job, NURSES !!!

    And thrilled for this man and his wife.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Great news!

    Thank God those nurses came along.