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When a heart stops beating, a defibrillator shock needs to be applied within minutes.
But for many Canadians, fire trucks and ambulances can’t get to the scene fast enough. On average, only 10 per cent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of hospital survive (cardiac arrest is distinct from a heart attack, which can sometimes, but not always, cause cardiac arrest).
Marsha Hawthorne waited 32 minutes for an ambulance to arrive after her husband, Curtis, went into cardiac arrest one night six years ago after putting their two kids to bed.
“When I was on the phone with 911, all I could think was, ‘Every second, I’m losing him.’ Every split second I was losing him if I didn’t get them here,” Hawthorne said.
“It was devastating because I was trying to save his life because I promised I’d save his life. And also to save my kids lives because it would destroy them.”