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Emergency Aid at the Fair

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A medical emergency at the State Fair left one family concerned about the availability of first aid. A registered nurse, who prefers not to be identified, helped save a stranger's life Saturday on the midway. The man suffered an apparent heart attack.

She and her husband administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Her concern was the quick access to an A.E.D, automated external defibrillator. She said no one made an attempt to locate one. "It was such a horrible tragic situation. If we had an AED if someone had known what an AED was in the crowd, law enforcement, somebody had known what it is and where to find it, could we have used it?"

Two ambulances arrived on the scene within minutes. The heart attack victim survived. According to the American Heart Association, studies have repeatedly shown the importance of immediate bystander CPR plus defibrillation. Within 3 to 5 minutes of collapse this combination improves chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Billy Orr, the Fair Commission Director, says AED's are located in the trademart and the coliseum office. First aid personnel manning the fair also have AED's.

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