Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-11 02:30:18 –
Honolulu (KHON2) — A visitor from Washington said it was a miracle that he was alive. On Friday, October 1st, Patrick Barrett was preparing to return from Edward Onizuka Kona International Airport when he was in cardiac arrest at the airport ticket counter.
Airport staff and firefighters acted swiftly to beat his heart again and take him to the hospital. Heroic acts are made possible by machines that anyone can use when the time comes.
“In a minute the lights go out and you wake up to these guys. They’re a good group,” Patrick said.
He said he didn’t remember falling at the Hawaiian Airlines ticket counter, but his wife Royce burned it into her mind.
Patrick’s heart was stopped. Fortunately, ticket agents, porters, and guards took action and began chest compressions.
“He was very serious because he had no breathing or pulse. It was just right that we were in time to help him,” said airport rescue firefighter Charles Akao. Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF), said.
When the firefighters arrived, they used an automatic external defibrillator — or AED..
“It took only one shock for his heart to start, and by the time the rescue workers arrived, he was awake and talking. It’s a really amazing success story,” said ARFF’s medical director. Said Jason Hughes.
“I said,’Did you save me?’ And they said so, so I was very grateful at that time.”
Firefighters are trained medical first responders, but do not require training to operate an AED.
“Evidence of quite a few firefighters, it’s very easy. Just open it and you’ll know exactly what to do,” said airport rescue firefighter Ardon Cortez.
There are over 200 AEDs at Hawaii airports. They are also found in many businesses throughout the state.
Experts said it was easy and safe to follow the instructions when someone was breathing and there was no response. AEDs can save someone’s life.
“AEDs are available to everyone. No doctor’s instructions, training, or special cards are required. We are not responsible for using them,” said Kim Williams. AED Institute of America Inc.,explained. “If you can get an AED with additional compression within the first two minutes of cardiac arrest, that person has a 90% chance of surviving.”
One of the apparent trainings for those who rescued Patrick Barrett was “Aloha.”
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“I am very grateful to them, and the way they treat us like a family, it’s great,” Patrick said. “You’re coming to Hawaii. You really don’t know anyone and when something happens-this magnificent group of people-and it’s totally amazing.”
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