9-1-1 dispatcher talks 10-year old through CPR to help save her father


On November 16, 2013 at 5:17 p.m., Kirkland Fire Department crews were dispatched to a cardiac arrest call in the 15700 block of 119thAvenue NE.  The initial dispatch report stated that child CPR was being performed.  Upon arrival of Kirkland Aid 27, the crew found a 10 year old girl performing CPR on her 40 year old father with directions from the NORCOM regional 9-1-1 dispatcher.  Aid 27 confirmed cardiac arrest and initiated King County EMS lifesaving protocols and shocked the patient with the newly acquired FR3 defibrillator .  Redmond Medics arrived moments after Aid 27 and took over the lifesaving efforts.  Woodinville units and Kirkland Ladder 27 soon arrived and further assisted with the lifesaving efforts.  The Medics were able to stabilize the patient and transport him to the Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center Emergency Department (EHMC ED). Thanks to the efforts of Nizhoni Newman and the assistance of her 6 year old brother Ayeteway, their father Turak Newman survived this traumatic event.  Now, he has an internal defibrillator that automatically shocks his heart if needed


“From Nizhoni’s heroic efforts, to the 9-1-1 dispatcher giving telephone CPR instructions and the EHMC ED team, this was a cardiac arrest success story for the King County EMS system,” notes Battalion Chief Mike Haschak.  “Mr. Newman was able to spend Thanksgiving at home with his family.”


For CPR training, visit www.kirklandparks.net.