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The life of a Bartholomew County woman was saved by a police defibrillator and an out-of-town ambulance, police said.
After Bonnie Whitehead, 51, complained of severe chest pain Monday afternoon, friends and family members attempted to rush the North National Road woman to Columbus Regional Hospital in a private car, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
As their vehicle approached the intersection of 10th Street and National Road shortly after 4:30 p.m., Whitehead suddenly became unresponsive, Myers said.
Seconds after the car pulled over, medics from Kings Daughter Hospital in Madison, who were driving through Columbus while transporting a patient to Indianapolis, saw the medical emergency and offered
When police officers LaShawn Tyler and Allison Reich arrived moments later, they witnessed the Madison paramedics performing CPR on Whitehead, who had suffered an apparent heart attack, had no pulse and had stopped breathing, Myers said.
Tyler got the defibrillator out of his patrol car and worked with the medics until the woman’s heart began beating again and she resumed breathing, Myers said.
By that time, an ambulance from Columbus Regional Hospital arrived to transport Whitehead to the emergency room. She was reported in stable condition Wednesday afternoon in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Myers said.
Last February, 67 external defibrillators purchased by the city at a cost of $73,000 were installed in patrol cars, fire stations and municipal buildings.
Three months later, one of the devices kept in a patrol car was credited with saving the life of a 70-
year-old Columbus man who suffered a heart attack over the Memorial Day weekend.
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