Rotary helping hearts


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



Rotary Club’s District Governor Lance Young, left, and Assistant Governor Cathy Golson, right, with Ryan Smith, president of the Pickens Rotary Club.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

PICKENS — Rotary Club’s District Governor Lance Young and Assistant Governor Cathy Golson stopped by the Pickens Rotary Club recently to congratulate the club on its completion of a service project to buy six portable defibrillators for the community.

“I want to tell you why this project was so important to me,” said Young. “I was 39-years-old and I was a major stationed at the Air Force Academy and I had gone over to the cadet gym with a lieutenant to work out for a while. All of the sudden, my chest started hurting and I didn’t know what it was.

“Well, I finished (the workout) and I felt a tingling from the tips up my fingers all the way up to my elbow and then it felt like someone was sitting on me,” he said.

Lance ended up — at the age of 39 — suffering a full blown heart attack.

“As I was laying there, I started blacking out. The last thing I remember was a paramedic saying to me ‘You gotta breathe, you gotta breathe.’ And then I was out. My heart stopped and I was clinically dead for five minuets,” he said.

Lance said that he was resuscitated by someone using a portable defibrillator.

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t be here today if not for that,” he said.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the only automated external defibrillator currently approved for home use without a prescription is the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator, which run around $1,000 a unit. The HeartStart AED can be used on children as young as 8 who weigh at least 55 pounds.

The Pickens Rotary Club has yet to announce who will receive the newly acquired units.

Rotary Club’s District Governor Lance Young, left, and Assistant Governor Cathy Golson, right, with Ryan Smith, president of the Pickens Rotary Club.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_016.jpgRotary Club’s District Governor Lance Young, left, and Assistant Governor Cathy Golson, right, with Ryan Smith, president of the Pickens Rotary Club. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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