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Cardiac Arrest Victim Alive Thanks to Off-Duty Nurse

Cardiac Arrest Victim Alive Thanks to Off-Duty Nurse

While attending a Bengals game in Cincinnati, Stacie Oxman (center) an intensive care nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, went into action and used a portable defibrillator to revive a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest. (Chris Stewart/Staff photo)

Dayton Daily News

November 20, 2008

Both women marveled at the serendipity that brought them together at precisely the right moment. Gruenschlaeger is a 25-year Bengals season ticket holder. Oxman hadn’t been to a game in 20 years. A friend offered the tickets to her husband, nephrologist Mark Oxman. Stacie decided to bring her 13-year-old son, Nick Hornick, to celebrate making the eighth-grade basketball team at Central Middle School in Xenia. Unfamiliar with the stadium, she stopped at a restroom two levels down from her seats.

“I always believed nurses are special people, but she was a guardian angel to me,” Gruenschlaeger said.

Oxman is thrilled “that it all worked, everything I’ve been trained to do.”

The lesson here, she said, is that public places — churches, hospitals, schools — should be equipped with automatic external defibrillators, which offer detailed commands that can be followed by the layperson.

“You don’t have to be an ICU nurse to use them,” she explained.

“We’ve known for years these things save lives,” concurred Franz. “It’s a really amazing computer. You put pads on a patient, press a button and it analyzes the heart rhythm and it doesn’t shock them unless their heart isn’t beating properly.”

Gruenschlaeger is recovering rapidly from the angioplasty that opened up her blocked coronary arteries. Surgeons also implanted a pacemaker. She was released from the hospital Wednesday and returned to her home in Seven Mile, a small town north of Hamilton.

After visiting with her three grandchildren, her dearest hope is to meet Oxman along with Frost, and her other daughter, Nicole Hawk of Fort Recovery.

Both families share a similar view of their chance meeting.

“I know it sounds stupid, it sounds cliched, but I really believe someone put me in that bathroom that day,” Oxman said.

Frost summed it up simply: “God put her there.”

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    basiajune

    almost 6 years ago

    104 comments

    WOW is all I can say! It was not this ladies time to go yet and god put that nurse in that bathroom that same minute to help her! I know that nurse must have been so scared even though she knew exactly what to do! This nurse is an angel. A perfect example of a Nurse! Good to hear a good story! I just read previosly about a baby being thrown in the garbage in NJ. So I am happy I read this one!

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    nursesourcer

    almost 6 years ago

    108 comments

    That's what nursing is all about! Great job, Stacie!

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Way to go!

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    kaye7

    almost 6 years ago

    854 comments

    Good job

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    AbusyRN2go

    about 6 years ago

    13876 comments

    Now this is what I am talking about!

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    k4mmt

    about 6 years ago

    10 comments

    That's incredible. Great job.

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    WeekendWarriorATL

    about 6 years ago

    62 comments

    Awesome!

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    casassy62688

    about 6 years ago

    290 comments

    Wow, great job! Someone was definately making sure someone was in the right place at the right time!

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    where angels fear to tread, right?

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    EvangelisticSistah

    about 6 years ago

    88 comments

    I love it!!

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    juliern734

    about 6 years ago

    6614 comments

    What a touching article! Nurses rock!

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    angela101287

    about 6 years ago

    204 comments

    wow!thats all i can say!

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    kstiltner1

    about 6 years ago

    7170 comments

    Great.

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    frumpster65

    about 6 years ago

    88 comments

    I ditto that ..AWESOME!!!!

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    emtpixie

    about 6 years ago

    328 comments

    AWESOME!

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