Yesterday, LIFE FORCE 1 visited Unipower in Dunlap, Tenn., to reunite with former patient, Irene Higgins, at her Celebration of Life ceremony.
On January 27th, Higgins nearly died of cardiac arrest while working. Her coworkers, who had been recently trained in CPR and AED operation, were able to keep her alive until first responders arrived. She was transported byPuckett EMS TN / N.GA to the helipad at Erlanger Sequatchie Valley where they met LIFE FORCE. Higgins was then airlifted to Erlanger Baroness where she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy by UT Erlanger Cardiologist, Dr. Alison Bailey.
At the Celebration of Life ceremony, Higgins was able to honor and thank her coworkers, the first responders and physicians that helped save her life. Higgins' miraculous turn of events serves as an important reminder that bystander CPR and early defibrillation from an AED can help save a person's life.