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Responders receive Lifesave Awards

Wells resident received lifesaving CPR?from Responders in March

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Aug 15, 2021

Over 18 Responders from Wells and Faribault County received Lifesave Awards at the Wells City Council meeting on Monday, August 9, for performing lifesaving CPR for Wells resident Donna Manitz, pictured in the center of the front row. The Responders represented five different agencies, but came together to rescue Manitz in March when she was suffering from a medical emergency. Manitz attended the meeting to personally give her thanks to the Responders.

Over 18 Responders from Wells and Faribault County were recognized with Lifesave Awards at the Wells City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 9.

The awards were presented by the South Central Minnesota EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Regional System.

According to information released by the South Central Minnesota EMS, in March of this year, responders answered a call from a patient suffering from a medical emergency. They quickly determined the patient was not breathing and had no pulse. They started manual CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Responders also initiated cardiac arrest protocols and the patient was placed on an automated compression device. Responders also secured an advanced airway and were preparing to transport the patient to advanced care.

Shortly after being loaded in the ambulance the patient had a Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC). The Wells Community Ambulance crewmembers assisted personnel from Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service in monitoring the patient for the remainder of the transport.

It was stated successful outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are rare, with only one in 10 victims surviving.

The official with South Central Minnesota EMS concluded his remarks saying, “In this case, 21 responders from five agencies came together to provide efficient, effective and (ultimately) lifesaving CPR.”

Following the presentation of the awards, the survivor of the event, Donna Manitz, thanked everyone for saving her life.

“I had 80 percent blockage in my arteries,” she explained.

She also offered the following advice to all in attendance.

“Live each day to the fullest,” she said. “You never know what tomorrow will bring.”