Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Scout Camp. #ACC100

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Read the article published in 100.atlantabsa.org blog.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest at Scout Camp.
http://100.atlantabsa.org/cardiac-arrest-at-scout-camp
Be prepared to save a life. Learn CPR/AED and be willing to react in case of SCA near you. Watch video https://youtu.be/uscOgjctX2I
Read SCA survivor’s story www.lepervanche.com/heart. Be healthy.

I believe in CPR/AED. Be prepared to save a life.

Video made for the Sudden Cardiac Foundation.

I BELIEVE in one God because I have faith. He saved my life after my sudden cardiac arrest during a summer camp. He kept me alive to share this message. I BELIEVE in one Lord, Jesus Christ, who was with me in intensive care when I was fighting for my life. I BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, who gave strength to the Scout leaders who applied CPR on me for 45 minutes, and to the person who shocked me 5 times with the AED of the Boy Scouts Camp. I BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, who gave calm to my wife who laid hands on me. She was praying there all the time. I BELIEVE in my Church, my children, my family, my friends, and my community who prayed for my healing.  Because I BELIEVE, I thank you all.

Husband of one of my students survived a SCA

Husband of one of my students survived a SCA

From: Dawn Alford [DAlford@fmdc.org]
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 2:18 PM
To: Lepervanche, Jose
Subject:

Hi Dr. Jose,

I am enrolled in one of your classes again next semester and felt compelled to share something with you because I was so moved by the story about your sudden cardiac arrest on your webpage.

I was supposed to take Strategic Management and Decision Making with you this semester, but when the Fall 2010 classes started, I was actually by my husband’s side at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in ICU as he also recovered from a SCA.

My story is VERY similar to your own and I absolutely know we were given a miracle and I think about how blessed we are each and every day!   My husband’s name is Skeet.  He’s 50.  I was actually taking him to the hospital because he was having blood pressure issues when he told me that he felt like he was “going to pass out” – which he did shortly thereafter.  I called 911 and told them approximately where on the highway I was traveling, then stopped the car, pulled him from it and began CPR until help arrived.

Rescue came and took him to the hospital where they continued resuscitation efforts.  Like you, it was nearly 45 minutes and he was not responding.  The ER physician was telling me that he believed that all resuscitation efforts were futile and that they’d done the very best they could.  Within moments of Dr. Thomas having said that – my husband sat up in the gurney!!   He was life flighted to St. Vincent’s medical center where a heart cath actually showed no damage and/or blockage.  It is believed that the TPA that was given to him at our local hospital along with the ACLS ‘flushed’ the clot through.

My daughters and I waited for three days while he was in ICU, after having been told by MANY medical professionals that we should anticipate some amount of  ‘neurological deficit’ after having been without natural oxygen for so long.  Yet, God continued blessing us with his tender grace – my husband woke up and was absolutely fine.  The only memory loss at all that he suffers is the actual events of the day of his heart attack.  Other than that – he is completely normal!!  He does now have an automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator in case he ever goes into v-fib again.

I work with physicians that have been practicing for years and they assure me that they’ve never seen anything like this.      Like your family – we were blessed with a miracle!

Thanks for ‘listening’ to my story.  I’m looking forward to taking another of your classes in the Spring 2011 semester.

Dawn

Dawn Alford
Clinical Administrative Assistant

 

AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

New AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

from St. Vincent’s Healthcare Intranet Homepage 7/29/08

SVHC delivers the two remaining AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts during a presentation last month. On hand were (from left) John Moscarillo, Medtronic; Brian Patterson, Megan Shaw and Jack Spears, North Florida Council of Boy Scouts; SVMC Associate Lisa Dean, RN; and Jose Lepervanche, a Scout Leader and SCA survivor.

It was a day at camp for most, but the subject at hand was no playing matter. Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest has been in the news lately with several public figures falling victim, St. Vincent’s HealthCare has been talking about it for a while.

SVHC kicked off the Partners in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest campaign more than a year ago to reduce the number of people who die from SCA by providing life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator devices to Jacksonville area organizations.

Last month, several SVHC associates gathered at Camp Echocktee Boy Scout Camp in Orange Park to present the last two AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts. An AED training session was also held.

The speaker for the event was Jose Lepervanche, a Scout leader whose life was saved by an AED.

“By having more defibrillators available and teaching the community how to use them, we hope to save lives,” said Karen Darnell, SVHC Vice President and CNO.

Jamboree participants attempt a record-breaking CPR and AED Course

There are so many world records that are extremely dangerous (longest distance jumped by motorcycle; deepest scuba dive) that it’s nice to see one that’s for saving lives instead of endangering them.

That was the goal behind today’s attempt at breaking the record for CPR and AED training taking place at one time. Thousands of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors took an hourlong course on CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED.

While Scouts and Scouters counted to 30 chest compressions on their training mannequins, event organizers counted Scouts and Scouters, checking to see how close to the world record they had come.

Results weren’t yet available, but one thing is for sure: sending thousands of boys and adults home with the knowledge about how to save a life was a winning situation for everyone involved.

Before one of the day’s courses, representatives from Cardiac Science awarded four lucky troops with two free AEDs.

These troops submitted winning entries in a video contest. Entrants needed to create a short video telling why AEDs were so important. Below you’ll see representatives from two of the winning troops. The first, Jose Lepervanche, didn’t work on his troop’s video, but he shared an inspirational story. He’s a Scouter from Jacksonville, Fla., and he shared the story about how an AED saved his life.

While at a council camp, he suddenly collapsed. Scouts rushed to his side and tried to revive him after calling 911. But fortunately for Lepervanche, the camp had purchased an AED and used it to save his life. He was there to tell his story because his camp was prepared, he said.

Because the troops got two AEDs each, they can keep one and give the other to a worthy community group, such as a school, church, or other organization.

(Reposted from Cracker Barrel. The Official Blog of Scouting Magazine. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/07/jamboree-participants-attempt-a-record-breaking-cpr-and-aed-course.html)

“Life is a continuous learning adventure”


“Life is a continuous learning adventure”

scouting adventures

Eagle Scout Alejandro Lepervanche

Our scouting outdoors adventures. We have been in many campouts with  Boy Scouts

Troop 182 – Jacksonville,

Troop 840 – Miami and

Crew 595 – Jacksonville.

See our Scoutoons.

captain’s blog



Lessons from my mended heart


jlnov2007smOn July 2007 I had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while camping with our Boy Scouts Troop 182 at Woodruff Scout Reservation. I was saved by the grace of God, the prompt action of Scouts leaders who applied CPR to me and Scouts who organized themselves to remain calm. They called the camp EMS person who came with an AED, and lighted the road to our campsite with flashlights to guide the ambulance.

SCAAThe full story of my SCA is published in the website of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA). I am member of SCAA’s speakers bureau and the SCAA Support Community. You can also read it in my blog under Double-blessed Scoutmaster. See my SCAA Inspire Support Community discussion group

AHA Annual Report 2007I also want to share the 2008 Annual Report of the American Heart Association (AHA). This is part of my commitment and we need your support to spread the voice about heart issues, emergency preparedness, CPR and AED training, and healthy living. Our son Eagle Scout Alejandro Lepervanche and I share the cover of the AHA annual report and the article is on pages 10 and 11 of the report (14 and 15 of the PDF file). Go to heart.org > About Us > Annual Report or follow this link.

I am speaking about these issues to promote AHA and Red Cross CPR/AED training in local churches, seminars, youth groups, colleges, and scouts. My story was featured in “Scout Signs”, a TV program of the BSA North Florida Council. I also attended the University of Scouting in Jacksonville and delivered four talks to the Emergency Prepareness, Wilderness Survival, CPR, and Youth Leadership classes.


AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

New AEDs Help Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

from St. Vincent’s Healthcare Intranet Homepage 7/29/08

SVHC delivers the two remaining AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts during a presentation last month. On hand were (from left) John Moscarillo, Medtronic; Brian Patterson, Megan Shaw and Jack Spears, North Florida Council of Boy Scouts; SVMC Associate Lisa Dean, RN; and Jose Lepervanche, a Scout Leader and SCA survivor.

It was a day at camp for most, but the subject at hand was no playing matter. Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest has been in the news lately with several public figures falling victim, St. Vincent’s HealthCare has been talking about it for a while.

SVHC kicked off the Partners in Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest campaign more than a year ago to reduce the number of people who die from SCA by providing life-saving Automatic External Defibrillator devices to Jacksonville area organizations.

Last month, several SVHC associates gathered at Camp Echocktee Boy Scout Camp in Orange Park to present the last two AEDs to the North Florida Council of Boy Scouts. An AED training session was also held.

The speaker for the event was Jose Lepervanche, a Scout leader whose life was saved by an AED.

“By having more defibrillators available and teaching the community how to use them, we hope to save lives,” said Karen Darnell, SVHC Vice President and CNO.