The unspoken heroes of the medical field are nurses. Administering medications and checking vital signs are among their duties too numerous to list.
Nurses thanklessly save lives in hospitals around the world every day. But one nurse in Parma, Ohio is being lauded as a hero for saving a life before even punching the clock at work.
Keith Ezell, 36 at the time, had his day mapped out in February of 2017. He was going to the store to pick up a few things for his mother, then on his way to the VA Medical Center where he works as a nurse assistant.
His plans were derailed when he saw a a pregnant woman lying unconscious beside a traffic collision. He pulled over, assessed the situation, and sprung to action.
Keith Ezell, a VA nurse assistant, was on his way to the store when he saw an unconscious pregnant woman lying down after a car wreck.
When Ezell got to the scene, the driver of the vehicle immediately started to plead with him to save his passenger.
“He said, Oh my God! She’s not breathing! Help me! Help me!” Ezell told WKYC Channel 3 News.
The then 23-year-old woman was starting to turn blue, and every second was critical. She was fading quickly, as was the life of her unborn baby.
Ezell, who’d recently completed a new CPR class, pulled a respiratory mask out of his backpack and started administering CPR. There was no response at first, but Ezell persisted.
“I have to get her back. She was turning blue. She had no pulse and I kept thinking she can’t die on me,” said Ezell.
Ezell administered CPR to the woman for five minutes while waiting for paramedics to arrive at the scene.
Ezell worked diligently amidst the chaos and panic surrounding him. Alternating chest compressions and forcing oxygen through the patient’s airway, his expediency likely saved the woman’s life.
“It’s second nature. I do this at the VA. Healthcare at the VA for 16 years and it is pretty much second nature,” said Ezell.
Once paramedics arrived, he got out of their way, but not before hearing some good news.
“They got a pulse!” yelled a man who was standing near the paramedics who were checking her vital signs.
Ezell was relieved, and considered it a job well done. “I thought, my job is done. She gets to live,” he said.
Medics were able to get a pulse from the woman, thanks to Ezell’s swift action. But they discovered something shocking as well.
Paramedics had to administer a drug called Narcan to the unconscious pregnant woman. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids. It’s commonly administered in the event of an overdose.
The opioid crisis continues to plague the US. In 2010 alone, there were 16,651 opioid related deaths. 3,036 of those deaths were caused by heroin overdose.
Fortunately, the woman involved made it through the night, and will get a second chance to make better decisions in life. Ezell called the hospital the next day to check on her.
Once paramedics arrived at the scene, Ezell rushed back into his car and drove off.
“I have to go to work!” he yelled, just before speeding off towards his day job at the VA.
Real life hero, Keith B. Ezell, performs life-saving CPR on a pregnant woman. The unidentified woman was turning blue and had no pulse shortly after a car accident in Ohio. Keith rushed to her aid performing CPR until she had a pulse. Shortly after paramedics arrived on the scene and took the woman to a hospital where she is recovering. With so much negativity in the news it's nice to be reminded that heroes still exist.
Posted by Break on Friday, October 27, 2017