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Date:4/2/2009

49-Year-Old Survivor of Cardiac Arrest Thanks Fast Responders and White Plains Hospital Emergency Care Team and Technology for Saving Her Life

White Plains, NY (PRWEB) April 2, 2009 -- Siegrid Buhlheller, a 49-year-old White Plains wife and mother of two children--who recently suffered a life-threatening cardiac arrest-- thanked the individuals responsible for saving her life: the White Plains police, EMTs and the medical staff of White Plains Hospital Center's (WPHC) state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED).

As part of the acute care she received, Mrs. Buhlheller became the first patient at the Hospital to undergo a therapeutic hypothermia treatment used to cool the body temperature of cardiac arrest patients to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours. The Hospital had acquired the hypothermia blanket less than a week before Mrs. Buhlheller had been admitted. WPHC is the first hospital in Westchester to implement the hypothermia treatment and now has five hypothermia treatment units available for patients.

"The complete recovery of Mrs. Buhleller's is nothing short of a medical miracle," said Timothy Haydock, WPHC Director of Emergency Medicine said. "She was not only successfully resuscitated and brought back from a 'primary sudden death' but she did not suffer any neurological impairment which is unusual for patients who suffer from cardiac arrest."

Because Mrs. Buhlheller has no memory of the events surrounding her serious medical emergency, her husband Berthold--together with representatives of the fast responders and medical team--recounted at a press conference today the events of February 25 when she suffered a sudden loss of heart function at home. White Plains Mayor Joseph Delfino and other city officials and Hospital representatives joined in celebrating the sequence of events and actions by the fast responders and medics that led to Mrs. Buh
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