Another One Bites the Dust Saves Another Life

| November 30, 2017 | 4 Comments

My father and his wife (we’ll call her Mrs. M) rode their horses the day before Thanksgiving this year. Dad put the saddles in the truck when Mrs. M heard a thud.

Dad was on the ground, eyes wide open and completely dilated. He had “postured,” his body rigid and unresponsive.

He suffered a massive heart attack at his anterior interventricular branch of left coronary artery, commonly called the “Widow maker.”

Mrs. M immediately checked his pulse, started CPR, and called 911. She told me:

At one [ CPR refresher] course they taught us to do CPR to “Staying Alive,” but I couldn’t remember how the song went. All I could remember was a song they taught us at another class: “Another One Bites the Dust.”

The ambulance arrived three minutes later. This was due to the good fortune of being nearby, and the accurate, precise information Mrs. M gave to the operator.

The ambulance crew continued CPR, and used the paddles on him three times on the way to the hospital. The ER installed a stent, reduced his body temperature, and put him in a chemical coma to let his body relax after the incident.

Dad’s initial prognosis was very grim. They initially removed him from the ventilator and revived him as a way to let him go peacefully, but he decided to live instead. There are still a lot of milestones to cross, but he was up and walking around (supervised) less than a week of being medically dead.

Dad’s medical team credits Mrs. M’s presence and immediate actions for saving Dad’s life, and as a strong contributor to his rapid recovery.

“100% chance he’d be dead without her,” a doctor said.

Some key lessons learned here:

  • Get medical training. The She Shepherd and I have focused solely on trauma care, but after this incident we are going to get CPR training.
  • John Farnam says, “when least expected, you’re elected.” Are you able to perform your defensive and medical skills at a moment’s notice, with no warning? Mrs. M was ready to go at the drop of a hat. Or in her case, my Dad.
  • Do you know how to place an efficient, effective 911 call? Have you practiced making one in a stressful training environment? Mrs. M gave their location and a quick summary of the situation so she could concentrate on performing CPR.
  • You can always do something. Mrs. M is 82 years of age and legally blind. She still saved someone’s life. Think of what you could do, with your younger age, better physical condition, skills, and tools. Never give up.
  • Carry your medical equipment. It doesn’t apply in Dad’s case, but we have friends and readers who have responded to traffic accidents or work emergencies that demanded the use of tourniquets and bandages. Like a gun or a knife, medical tools won’t help if they aren’t readily accessible.

We all started self reliance training for various reasons. Many folk start because they want to stop bad things from happening to good people.

When we think of ways to stop bad things from happening to good people, we initially think of getting a gun, learning how to use it, and how to carry it safely and legally in public. Medical training also serves this purpose, but is often overlooked or deprioritized over defensive tools.

Don’t delay. Take your family and friends with you. It doesn’t matter how old they are, or if they want to follow your path towards self reliance. Education doesn’t have to be about treating gunshot wounds, or the aftermath of a terrorist bombing. Tell them the story of my Dad and his wife and maybe that will be enough for them to want to learn CPR and the MARCH principles.

My Dad carries a gun every day and yet it was his unarmed wife who stopped a bad thing from happening to a good person last Wednesday.

I encourage you to learn CPR, and remember “Another One Bites the Dust” so that you can keep someone from doing just that.

Thanks for reading.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

4 Comments on "Another One Bites the Dust Saves Another Life"

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  1. marc m says:

    The 3 min response time is amazing. I am sure that was huge as well to get the care he needed. As you know SBS I was not as lucky as your family, with my wife it was 12 to 15 min before the police to show up then another 20 min for an ambulance crew to arrive. I am happy that your dad is still around and you can enjoy him still. Keep up the good work bro.

  2. Jeff says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing. Eye-opening, for sure.

  3. Michael B says:

    I hope your father gets to enjoy the Christmas Holiday, and keep up the great work!

  4. Dan says:

    The Imperial March from Star Wars is 104 beats per minute and perfect for doing CPR. Glad to hear good news.

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