Heart attack victim thanks bystanders, defibrillator for saving his life

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Herbert Rotchford, center, survived a heart attack after an automatic external defibrillator, shown at right, was used by friends. Shown also are his wife, Judith, and left to right at top, firefighter/paramedics Jason Morand. Wayne Lee and Charlie Winter, of the Havelock Fire and Rescue Department.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

Heart attack victim Herbert Rotchford knows that he wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the quick action of bystanders applying a shock from an automatic external defibrillator.

Rotchford, 75, and his wife Judith had just arrived at the Havelock Senior Center to play Bingo on Feb. 1 when he passed out.

It soon became apparent that Rotchford was having a heart attack and 911 was called.

Their friend, Irene Hess, began CPR, then used a portable automatic external defibrillator to apply an electrical shock to Rotchford as he lay on the floor.

"She put one patch on and I put one patch on and we waited for the machine to say what to do," Judith Rotchford said. "The machine said shock once and she pushed the button. She continued CPR until the rescue guys got here."

The reaction to the shock was immediate.

"They said that when they shocked me, I raised right up off the floor," Herbert Rotchford said.

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