Pediatric ICU 'angels' use CPR to save 2 lives
Registered nurses Win Bailey and Stephanie Barton are both proficient in CPR, but neither had dealt with a real life-and-death situation outside the hospital.
The co-workers at Women & Children's Pediatric ICU recently had their training put to the test in dramatic fashion – and passed with flying colors.
On Jan. 25, Stephanie came across a serious crash on Slaughter Road and stopped to see if she could help. She performed CPR on the badly-injured driver until paramedics arrived, possibly saving the man’s life. WHNT-Channel 19 called her actions “a reminder of the power of human compassion.”
Win was also in the right place at just the right time to save a life. On Dec. 23, her father-in-law suffered a major cardiac event and collapsed on the front porch of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. Win started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while a security officer from the distillery performed chest compressions.
“I’d always wondered if my skills would kick in during an emergency outside the hospital,” said Win, who is also a Basic Life Support instructor at Corporate University. “When he collapsed, I had about one second to think, ‘OK, this is real.’ Then it was like my body went into auto pilot.”
Win said her father-in-law, James Bailey, stopped breathing at one point. Another distillery visitor who knew CPR jumped in to help with chest compressions while Win went to find an automated external defibrillator (AED). She used the device to shock Mr. Bailey’s heart back into rhythm; paramedics defibrillated him twice more on the emergency helicopter ride to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“As bad as he looked, I was sure he was either going to die or have neurological deficits,” said Win. “But he survived and is going to be fine. I honestly believe God put everyone in the right place that day to save him.”
Stephanie was driving on Slaughter Road when she came across a serious crash. John Morrison had lost control of his vehicle in a curve and slammed into a bank of trees. Stephanie performed CPR on Mr. Morrison in a roadside ditch. Like Win, it was the first time she had put her life support training to use outside the hospital.
“This was someone's father, someone’s husband,” Stephanie told WHNT. “I needed to make sure I kept a heart rate and kept him breathing.”
She drove away before emergency personnel could get her name, prompting a WHNT report about the “unknown angel” who stopped to help a stranger in trouble.
Mr. Morrison's children, Carmen and Colin Morrison, said they will be forever grateful to Stephanie. Mr. Morrison spent several days in Huntsville Hospital's ICU. He was discharged earlier this week and is expected to make a full recovery.
"Your expertise and knowledge kept our father here with us, and for that there are no words to express our gratitude," the Morrison children said in a statement.
Stephanie will soon take her medical knowledge overseas. She plans to leave Women & Children this spring to join her family on a Mercy Ships medical relief mission to Africa.