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CPR Class Hosts Survivor

posted Apr 18, 2014, 6:58 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 7:13 PM ]
Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder recently had the honor of teaching CPR to an individual that Aetna’s EMTs had helped resuscitate only a year earlier.  During the morning of January 19, 2013, Dr. Arild Hestvik, a University of Delaware professor, suffered sudden cardiac arrest in his home.  His wife Mutsuko Sato, also a UD faculty member, called 911 and performed bystander CPR until the arrival of emergency services.  Two Aetna ambulances, a NCC Paramedic unit and NCC Paramedic supervisor responded.  After almost half an hour of resuscitation efforts, crews were able to restore Dr. Hestvik’s pulse.  Aetna transported Dr. Hestvik to Christiana Hospital where he was treated and eventually discharged neurologically intact.  The successful outcome underscores that early activation of EMS and bystander CPR is every bit as important as rapid response and teamwork by EMS.

On February 28, 2014 Dr. Hestvik was reunited with his rescuers at New Castle County’s Second Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion.  He let one of his rescuers know he was interested in taking a class to learn the very techniques which saved his life: CPR and AED!  On March 23, 2014 Dr. Hestvik and his wife attended one of Aetna’s monthly in-house CPR classes.  Both earned AHA certifications in CPR.  As part of its community outreach initiative, Aetna is happy to incorporate members of the lay public into its CPR classes at low cost or even arrange a special class for larger groups.