Warwick EMTs deliver miracles every day

By on January 16, 2019

On the morning of Dec. 19, EMTs from the Warwick Community Ambulance Association (WCAA) responded to a 911 call. On the line was a female who was in peril, but could not say anything other than she needed help. While on the phone, the dispatcher could hear her breathing, but could not get her to speak.

It’s all in a day’s work for the EMS crews of the Warwick Community Ambulance Association. Shown here (left to right) are: Kimberly Bennethum, EMT; Rick Carpenter, EMT; and Marlene Barr, paramedic. Photo courtesy of the Warwick Community Ambulance Association.

By the time emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the patient was lying on the floor. She was finally able to talk, and would only complain of being dizzy.

“When she was attached to the cardiac monitor, a lethal cardiac rhythm was detected by the paramedic,” said Chris Buchmoyer, chief of operations for the Warwick Community Ambulance. “The treatment for a patient in this rhythm and condition is cardioversion. As treatment was applied, the patient deteriorated and she stopped breathing and her heart stopped.”

But, after CPR was inititated and additional treatment was rendered, the patient finally regained a pulse. She was then moved to an ambulance. By the time she was inside the vehicle, she was awake and talking.

But as any EMT will tell you, every day presents a different set of challenges.

Just ask Marlene Barr, EMT paramedic, who was dispatched along with her Intermediate Unit to a maternity call later that same evening.

“We encountered a female who stated that her water had broken and relayed that she felt like the baby was coming,” Barr said. “This was her third child, so she knows that sensation and we knew this meant business. We attempted to get her to the ambulance as quickly as possible. We helped her to a standing position in order to get her off the second floor and to the hospital before the baby came.”

“She began having another contraction and stated that the baby was coming,” Barr recalled. “We assisted her back onto the bed and it was confirmed that the baby really was coming &tstr; the top of the baby’s head was visible. This meant no messing around on our part; the baby was going to be delivered right there.”

At this stage, there was no way to halt the process, and a healthy baby boy was delivered at 6:45 p.m. that night with no complications.

Barr’s words best sum up the day: “Speaking for all EMS professionals; we frequently deal with suffering and dying, and it is much more enjoyable to usher a new life into the world than to experience that feeling of helplessness as a life departs the world.”

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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