Unable to Speak, Special Needs Man Calls 911, Saved Mom

Unable to Speak, Special Needs Man Calls 911, Saved Mom

News Feb 09, 2013

Feb. 08--NEW ALBANY -- Darrell West proved last week that when an emergency strikes, it's all about action, not talk.

West, age 47, is a special needs man who is unable to speak. However, he holds a job at Rauch Industries, beams with pride when he shows off pictures of his family he carries in his wallet, and on Feb. 1 he may have just saved his mother's life.

Ann West, age 73, has housed her son and watched over him since her husband passed away. She recently fell ill with the flu, and became so sick her doctor prescribed her antibiotics for treatment.

Weakened by the illness, Ann said on that fateful day that she was watching television in her living room when an itching sensation came over her. After a few minutes, she decided to take a shower to see if that would help remedy the discomfort.

After taking a shower, Ann put on her robe and gown and returned to her recliner. She began feeling dizzy, and before she knew what was happening, tumbled face first to the ground.

"I didn't even remember hitting the floor," she said.

Ann had passed out, and a few moments later when she regained consciousness, Darrell was by her side. She told him to call 911, as she was unable to move and still extremely disoriented.

Darrell quickly retrieved the telephone and called emergency dispatch. He brought the phone into the living room and gave it to his mother, and she was able to muster enough strength to describe what was happening to her.

When the ambulance arrived and Ann was tested, she said her blood pressure level was recorded at 55 over 45. Ann said apparently the medication had affected her blood pressure, and the situation was quite serious.

"They said I could have died if I hadn't gotten help when I did," Ann said.

Continue Reading

Ann spent the next three days in the Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services' Critical Care Unit. Now back in her New Albany home recovering, Ann said Darrell is her lifesaver.

"He's my miracle," Ann said. "I am so proud of him for doing what he did."

Darrell almost died when he was three weeks old due to pneumonia, Ann said. He developed Chicken Pox before he ever left the hospital as a baby.

But while Darrell may struggle with some actions we take for granted, Ann said she's not surprised that he came to her rescue during her time of need.

"He can do so much that people can't believe," she said. "I just thank God that I have him."

Copyright 2013 - The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Source
The Evening News and the Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Daniel Suddeath
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.
Luigi Daberdaku has made 1,500 sandwiches so far for the North Bay first responders managing the wildfires in California.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center dedicated to providing resources to those affected by the mass shooting will open on Monday at 1523 Pinto Lane.
A community of nearly 500 deaf people were the last to be notified and evacuated during the wildfires in Sonoma County, calling for better emergency alert systems.