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Ambulance service recognized for helping save woman's life

If you ask a member of the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service who was on call May 11, they would say they're just doing their job.

If you ask Evelyn Hayes, she would say those members saved her life.

Hayes, 69, recalled she was sitting on her bed and, the next thing she knew, she was on the floor.

"I don't know how I got there," she said.

Luckily, her son passed by her bedroom moments after, realized what happened and called 911. The crew got to the Hayes residence on CTH K and initially proceeded to River Falls Area Hospital.

That's when things started to go awry.

Hayes, who underwent a triple bypass in 2002, was having a heart attack. Her condition had worsened in the ambulance, so the decision was made to skip River Falls and head straight to United Hospital in St. Paul.

"They told my son we didn't have any time," she said.

Hayes would later find out how bad it got.

"I was told they had to shock me twice before we got up there," she said. "The rescue/ambulance squad was really nice to me."

Their efforts didn't go unnoticed.

In a letter addressed to Bill Brookshaw, Ambulance Director, Kathy Kamrowski, Director of Level One Cardiac Services for United Hospital, stated:

"I'm writing to thank and congratulate you and your team for the contribution they made in ensuring a successful outcome for cardiac patient E(velyn) H(ayes). They did an incredible job! The crew...played a very valuable role by externally pacing the patient and transporting her directly to United Hospital. Upon arrival, Dr. Vic Tschida, cardiologist from St. Paul Heart Clinic, placed a temporary pacemaker via the right femoral vein with no evident complications.

"Dr. Tschida was impressed by the work you did and complimented the crew on the remarkable work of pacing--an incredible accomplishment that played a huge role in the patient's recovery!"

Hayes said the cause of the heart attack is unsure. She was at United for 12 days and is now proud to say she's feeling healthy.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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