Cardiac Arrest Survivor Meets Crew That Saved His Life
July 24—On June 26, 2018, patient Raghu Kowshik was leaving his regular dialysis appointment at DeVita Dialysis in Livermore, when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and fell to the ground. Luck was on his side that day as an ambulance crew from Norcal Ambulance were also waiting at the facility and witnessed Mr. Kowshik go down. Norcal Ambulance EMTs Chad Hanville and Gustavo Lopez immediately rushed to his aid and began CPR, followed by applying and using their defibrillator and administering a life saving shock.
Following an additional two further minutes of CPR, Mr Kowshik regained consciousness. The Norcal crew were soon joined by Paramedics Plus 911 crew, Paramedic Andrew Barber and EMT Joshua Telehala-Courtney who continued Mr. Kowshik’s care and transport to hospital. A life truly saved because of a rapid intervention.
This week Mr Kowshik was reunited with those involved in his rapid intervention Tuesday at the Paramedic Plus, Livermore Station. He told his those involved in his treatment, “I know it seems to be a job for you, however, for me it was everything. My wife thanks you, my children thank you, I thank you”
Paramedics Plus Director of Operations Mike Marsh, attributed Mr. Kowshik’s save to a process known as the Chain of Survival “ When a rapid response occurs an intervention occurs to include early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions and rapid defibrillation, then survivability of a cardiac arrest patient improves considerably and this was the case with Mr Kowshik”.