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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


Canonsburg Cardiac Arrest Survivor To Reunite With First Responders Who Saved Him Against Tremendous Odds

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Sitting on their back porch on May 6th, fifty year-old Daniel Canfield and his wife Susan never imagined the chain of events that would change their lives, and ultimately save Daniel’s.

When her husband suddenly stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest, Susan Canfield dialed 911. Within 2 minutes, North Strabane Township Police were on the scene, administering CPR and shocking Mr. Canfield’s heart back to life with their Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Canonsburg EMS and North Strabane Fire Department arrived soon after. The two agencies worked closely together, administering Advance Life Support as they transported the patient to Canonsburg Hospital‘s Emergency Department. Once there, a skilled emergency medical team took over, performing additional life-saving measures. The patient was then flown by LifeFlight to Allegheny General Hospital for further cardiac care.

Today at 10 am, Daniel and Susan Canfield will say “thank you” to the many first responders and healthcare professionals who worked quickly and efficiently to save Daniel’s life against such tremendous odds. It is estimated that 95% of patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest do not survive.

Canonsburg Hospital’s Ambulance Service and West Penn Allegheny Health System have been working with North Strabane Fire Department to improve the odds of patients like Mr. Canfield, assisting the Department with licensing one of its vehicles as an Advance Life Support squad. Thus far, Canonsburg has supplied the Department with a drug box and advanced airway support technology. On Friday, following the reunion with the Canfields, Canonsburg officials will present North Strabane Fire Chief Mark Grimm with another critical piece of equipment – a cardiac monitor that will further improve their ability to care for patients suffering a cardiovascular emergency.

• Daniel and Susan Canfield
• Officer Matthew Mancini and Sgt. Keith Hutter, North Strabane Police Department
• Mark Grimm, North Strabane Fire Department
• Pete Shandrick and Rob Waldon, Canonsburg Hospital Ambulance Service
• Clarke T. Miller, MD, Canonsburg Hospital Emergency Department Physician
• Mary Ammon, RN, Canonsburg Hospital Emergency Department
• LifeFlight Crew
• Sonia M. Stopperich, North Strabane Township Supervisor

WHEN: Friday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Lobby of Out-Patient Physical Therapy, Canonsburg Hospital


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