John Juras. of Salem, is a true fighter and survivor. “If it wasn’t for this team at Salem Health, I’d be dead,” he said. His girlfriend drove him to the hospital after he felt chest pains. Juras’ heart stopped beating outside the emergency department.

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This story is a few years old but still gives me goosebumps when I watch the video. It is amazing what Nurses do on a daily basis and how Awesome teamwork can make the difference between life and death. The Video at the bottom of this article shows surveillance camera footage of Juras’s arrival at the hospital and how more than two dozen people worked together to save his life.

One Nurse performed CPR while he was still in the car and as soon as he had been transferred to a stretcher another nurse jumped on top of him and continued to perform CPR as he was wheeled into the emergency room.

The medical team spent 45 minutes trying to resuscitate Juras as his heartbeat faded in and out. The team used a defibrillator 10 times. Juras was transferred to the hospital’s full-service catheterization lab, the only one in the region that offers more than diagnostic capabilities. Additional services include treatment and surgery. A cardiologist in the lab discovered Juras had a blocked artery to his heart, cleared the blockage and inserted a stent.

Juras then recovered over the course of 10 days in the care of medical staff and employees in the hospital’s cardiovascular care unit, before being released to go home. “Absolutely a miracle what they did for me,” said Juras. “I owe them my life.”

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