6-year-old's life saved by an angel among us
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[August 07, 2010]
July 8 was anything but a typical summer evening at the Atlanta
Ballpark. Ethan Vose, 6 years old, son of Brad and Heather Melton
Vose of Atlanta, was playing with local children when he was struck
in the chest with a baseball bat. He immediately fell to the ground.
Brenda McCallister, an EMT who was watching a baseball game, went
up to Ethan and found that he was in full cardiac arrest. As 911 was
called, McCallister had to perform CPR on Ethan.
Ethan and EMT Brenda McCallister
He was transported by ambulance to BroMenn Trauma Center in
Normal, then life-flighted to Children's Hospital at St. Francis in
Peoria. He was diagnosed with commotio cordis.
Commotio cordis typically involves young, predominantly male
athletes, in which a sudden, blunt, non-penetrating and
innocuous-appearing trauma to the anterior chest results in
immediate cardiac arrest and can lead to sudden death from
The most important information the Voses would like to share with
others is that Ethan's life was saved by the immediate start of CPR.
Survival after a commotion cordis event is still the exception.
So often bystanders or emergency personnel delay CPR and immediate
transport to the hospital because they underestimate the severity of
the trauma or believe "the person got the wind knocked out of them."
It is imperative to understand that survival is associated with
effective CPR efforts that occur within one to three minutes of the
collapse of the individual, which was done in Ethan's case.
The survival rate with commotio cordis is only 3 percent in cases
when resuscitative efforts were delayed longer than three minutes.
The survival rate is only 24 percent after effective CPR.
McCallister saved Ethan's life in two minutes.
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The Voses would like to publicly thank Brenda McCallister for
saving their son's life, as well as thanking the pediatric
cardiologists, nurses and staff on the intermediate care wing at
Children's Hospital at St. Francis for the exceptional care Ethan
received. They also thank friends and family for their continued
prayers and support.
The family hopes that by sharing their story it will save another
[From Heather Vose]