Cardiac Arrest Victim in Branson Saved with Defibrillator

BRANSON, Mo. - The Taney County Ambulance District's public access defibrillation program has been credited with saving the life of a Branson man on Monday.

A runner collapsed at the Branson RecPlex indoor track suddenly during his workout. Bystanders called 911 and the emergency dispatch determined the man was in cardiac arrest.

Emergency dispatcher Melissa Mackey instructed the 911 caller to pick up the Automated External Defibrillator and instructed him on how to use it. The patient was shocked three times with the AED prior to arrival of the paramedics. When the paramedics arrived on scene, the patient was breathing and had a strong pulse.

The fast thinking of the bystanders and the access to the public defibrillator was key to saving the man's life. Taney County Ambulance District offers free one hour long hands-free CPR classes. For more information go to

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