Teen having an heart attacked saved by passerby trained on BLS and CPR


teen having heart attacked saved by CPR
Teen having heart attacked rescued through CPR

Sydney Ridlehoover had done her duties and persuaded her parents to take her and a friend to a nearby mall outside of Columbus, Ohio. The females stepped out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and conversing as they did so.


Sydney's stepfather, Peter Hubby, witnessed her collapse before they even arrived at the mall. He assumed the 13-year-old had tripped or was simply amusing himself. Sydney's parents, Peter and Tracy Elsinger, recognized something was wrong when she didn't get up.


They dashed over to her aid. She was trembling and making unusual breathing noises. Sydney was having a seizure, Tracy thought. While Peter dialed 911, she flipped her daughter over and cried for help.


A respiratory therapist who happened to be nearby heard the ruckus and quickly came to Sydney's aid. She realized the girl was having a heart attack and began CPR. An off-duty EMT happened to be passing by and decided to help with the rescue. The off-duty EMT asked a mall security guard for an automated external defibrillator when he arrived.


The security guy got in his truck and took the AED to the off-duty EMT. Sydney had gone into cardiac arrest after the AED detected a shockable rhythm and delivered repeated electrical jolts to terminate the irregular pulse.


The ambulance had arrived at that time.


Sydney was medicated in the hospital for two days to allow her brain to rest. Doctors won't be able to tell what kind of harm has occurred until then.


Sydney was unable to answer several questions accurately when she awoke.


Sydney's fogginess may take a few more days to dissipate, according to doctors. That's exactly what happened. She was soon back to her old self.


Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical disturbance that causes the heart to beat irregularly and stop pumping blood to the rest of the body. Why would the heart of a healthy 13-year-old go into cardiac arrest?


Despite the fact that doctors were unable to identify Sydney's underlying issue, they suspected it was ventricular fibrillation, a sort of abnormal heartbeat. Sydney's cardiologist inserted a defibrillator after her cardiac arrest to shock her heart if it goes into an abnormal rhythm again.


Her mother has been dealing with irregular heartbeat problems for over a decade. Tracy had supraventricular tachycardia, which is an excessively fast heartbeat. She had an ablation operation and tried various drugs when her illness deteriorated.


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