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February 25, 2014

Lawyer thanks nurse, others who saved his life

'Chain of survival' helped him beat heart attack


When Marchand approached Walsh, he told her, “Why don’t you let my guys take over?”

“She was glad to be relieved,” Marchand said. “Doing (chest) compressions can be exhausting.’’

Trinity EMS paramedics Kirk Brigham and Garrett Dejong soon arrived and began administering advanced life support, the fourth link in the chain of survival.

Gleason was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where the fifth and final link of the chain, integrated post-cardiac arrest care, was administered by registered nurses Gladis Boldergini, Sue Dunbar and Shannon O’Donnell, along with Dr. Mark Simmons and Haverhill firefighter/paramedic Brian Moriarty.

“If it hadn’t been for the links in the chain (of survival), the outcome may have been different,” Gleason told the group.

Moriarty told Gleason that in cases such as his, time is the enemy.

“It’s just a matter of minutes when the chance of defibrillation decrease,” Moriarty said. “When they brought you to the hospital, you were seizing.”

As last week’s gathering came to a conclusion, Marchand suggested to Gleason that he “go home and take a nap.”

“I do it all the time,” Marchand said jokingly.

Walsh said she is retiring at the end of this week after working 47 years as a registered nurse.

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