James McLaurin

On February 7th, 2012 survivor James McLaurin was reunited with Paramedic Kim Marlowe and EMT Renee Canup. Mr. McLaurin collapsed from a cardiac arrest in August 2010 while mowing his lawn. He managed to crawl into his home where his wife found him. The call to Medic was made and Marlowe and Canup quickly arrived on scene. Marlowe would later state that she had just finished Focused Cardiac Arrest training. She attributes the training for making a big difference in the save. The Focused Cardiac Arrest training taught Marlowe to stay on the chest as much as possible.

Mr. McLaurin and his family were brought to Medic to speak to a group of regional EMS agencies and representatives from both Carolinas HealthCare and Presbyterian Healthcare/Novant Health Systems during a meeting about the National Cares Registry and community response to bystander CPR. The reunion came as a wonderful surprise to Mr. McLaurin and his family as they had no idea the event was going to take place.

The family reports that the Medic crew was the missing piece to the puzzle from that day and that they were extremely grateful for the patient reunion.

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