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November 20, 2012

Automated CPR device helps save Plattsburgh man's life


He was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 24 but had to be readmitted for three days on the 27th for some follow-up programs. His recovery is now moving along nicely, he said.


“I have to thank those folks (from Morrisonville EMS),” he said. “From what my wife told me, if it hadn’t been for them getting there as fast as they did and for using that machine, I wouldn’t be here now.”

When he’s feeling a little better, Leonard said he would like to go down to the Morrisonville station and thank the responders in person.

The vendor will be recalling the LUCAS device soon, but the Morrisonville staff would like to develop some fundraising activities and search for grant funding to purchase a LUCAS device for permanent use.

“A lot of EMS professionals will never see this in their careers,” Ashlaw said of the chances to see a person walk out of the hospital without any disabilities following a complete cardiac arrest. “This was a rare one.”

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