Rotarian Cardiac Arrest Survivor on Mission to Help Others

On March 9, 2015 longtime Rotary Club member Jack Sutherland was attending a regular luncheon meeting when suddenly he slumped to the floor. He had suffered a nearly catastrophic cardiac incident. The electrical signal from his brain to his heart had stopped, prompting his heart to stop beating; he was “clinically dead” with no pulse or respiration. Fortunately for Jack, he could not have chosen a better place to have a heart attack; both Fire Chief Hank Teran and local chiropractor Sean Marcella were attending the meeting and immediately started CPR until the paramedics arrived. The medics continued providing CPR on the way to the hospital, plus used an “Automated External Defibrillator (AED)”, to maintain blood circulation and restore some heart function.
A fully recovered Jack Sutherland and Fire Chief Teran are now leading a Rotary Club project to purchase and place up to 40 AED’s throughout the island. As Jack puts it, “I’m an extremely lucky man. The statistics speak for themselves: those who receive both CPR and an AED shock with in the first 3-4 minutes of their cardiac episode have a 700% increased survival rate.  For the unfortunate who do not receive this intervention within 10 minutes, their mortality rate is extremely high: over 90%.” Through this project, Jack and the club are helping save more lives by placing this equipment in strategic, high traffic public locations.
For a list of the locations which will have AED’s as a result of this project and a full account of Jack’s story, please see the attached press release. If you have a smartphone, you can also install the “PulsePoint AED” app which will locate the registered AED’s closest to your current location.