It was eight months ago when a seasonal camper at Whispering Pines in Holmen, Wis., suffered a heart attack while at the Maple Leaf Parade.
He was saved from his cardiac arrest by an Automated External Defibrillator, better known as an AED.
Since then, he’s shared his near-death story with everyone he can at the campground, so they can live to do the same, WKBT-TV, La Crosse, Wis., reported.
“He’s helped build awareness because an emergency situation can happen at anytime at any place, at any age,” says Janelle Parcher, the owner of Whispering Pines.
His story inspired the campground to buy an AED of its own.
It’s a choice a representative with the Seven Rivers Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Association says is smart.
“It’s a long response time up here, and they’ve got a lot of folks up here from elderly folks to children,” says Warren Thomas, a firefighter with the Sudden Cardiac Association.
On June 9, he helped teach about 100 people from the community how to use the equipment.
“With proper training, communities are showing that AED survival rates can reach to to 40 percent to 50 percent when there is quick bystander CPR and public access defibrillation; and with 300,000 people dying each year from sudden cardiac arrest, the more we can get AED’s into public access places, the greater our chances of survival if that happens to somebody,” Thomas continued.
The campground owner made it clear, they’re glad they have the life-saving capability, but they hope it will never have to be used.
“We have a community here at the campground; knowing that a member of our family had an emergency situation, we want to come together and be prepared,” said Parcher.