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One year after a heart attack, Lodi's Judy Mims thanks rescuers

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:00 am

Monday was the first anniversary of the day Judy Mims nearly died. Unlike most heart attack victims, Mims wanted to celebrate that anniversary by meeting the firefighters and paramedics who rescued her that fateful day at the Target store in Lodi.

Mims, 57, a 24-year Lodi resident, met two of the Lodi firefighters and two paramedics from American Medical Response on Thursday — three days after that anniversary date — at AMR headquarters in Stockton.

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  • posted at 10:17 am on Sun, Nov 29, 2009.


    Just responding to Scrutiny's comment. You are right, a .6% success rate doesn't seem worth while. But what you fail to realize is this. The reason the success rate is so low is because of response times, nothing else. It has been proven, time and again, that the best lifesaving measure a person can have is Rapid Defibrilation. And ANY person that understands English can run one of these machines, with or without training. Having Defibrilators close at hand, and put into use early on, before fire and paramedics arrive, is the most affective procedure to save a life available.

  • posted at 2:07 pm on Fri, Nov 20, 2009.


    P.S.The use of defibrillators does not take rocket science. Anyone can be trained to use one, thus my campaign to have them placed in public places! That statistic just happens to be from the AMR facility. Who knows how many other people were saved by a DEFIBRILLATOR from the average layman.

  • posted at 2:04 pm on Fri, Nov 20, 2009.


    I never smoked, drank, and have always led a healthy life style!! I had the "silent killer" that many women especially, die from unexpected heart attacks. If it were not for the heroic actions of these men, Target employees, and a DEFIBRILLATOR, I would not be alive. Please do not take away from their commitment to saving lives when all hope is gone!

  • posted at 3:43 am on Fri, Nov 20, 2009.


    I am happy to see Ms. Mims is doing well, however 4 out of 669 equates to a .6% success rate, and that`s with trained professionals using the defibrillators. If you really want to save lives, we should be urging people to stop smoking, be active and eat more fruits and vegetables.

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