Lake Geneva college student’s life saved, thanks to two campus officers
LAKE GENEVA Ryan Child’s doctor didn’t catch the chest flutters the Lake Geneva man had felt occasionally over the summer.
But Child’s heart stopped while he was on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Stout last month and thanks to fast work from two campus police officers, the 18-year-old survived a race against the clock, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A friend had been with Child when he collapsed Sept. 13, and was able to flag down two officers, Jason Spetz and Lisa Pederson, who quickly called an ambulance and did CPR on Child until the EMTs arrived.
Child was shocked with a defibrillator, and eventually flown to a hospital in Eau Claire.
Spetz and Pederson were honored for their efforts by the UW Board of Regents last week.
With survival rates for sudden cardiac arrests—even with defibrillation—at between 30 to 45 percent, Child is grateful he beat the odds.
Child, who had a pacemaker installed, will attend Gateway Technical College in the spring and return to UW-Stout in the fall.