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Boy, eight, saves dad's life

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:43:04 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Firefighters in Normal, O-S-F Saint Joseph Medical Center, and the County E-M-S System are honoring a young boy for saving his father's life. Eight year old Ryan Rice of Normal saw his dad David fall down in their home in late May. It was a stroke. Fire Department Spokesman Matt Swaney says it is highly unusual for an eight year old to have the presence of mind to call 9-1-1.

"It allowed us to give our responding unit more information before they got there to know what they may be going into. Plus he was able help out with unlocking the doors, turn on the porch light to make sure they knew where to go. He just did great."

Swaney says in stroke cases, the sooner treatment begins, the more likely a good recovery will happen.

"Absolutely he saved his dad's life. With strokes it is a ticking clock. The goal is to get the patient into the medical care of a stroke team within an hour. That's the golden hour. Had he not recognized something wasn't right, the prognosis wouldn't be the same."

In this instance, clot busting drugs were not working well, and O-S-F used a micro-catheter to go into blood vessels in the brain and pluck out the clots obstructing blood flow and causing the stroke symptoms. The hospital had only recently been approved to use the new device. E-M-S, Firefighters, and O-S-F Saint Joseph Medical Center will honor Ryan Rice with his dad David present at the Normal Fire Station on Friday in the hope that his example will show others how important it is to know how to use the 9-1-1 system.

Listen to the 9-1-1 call from May 19th.


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