Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:46:06 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:28:41 GMT
The American Red Cross is accepting donations to aid in their response. Donations can be made a www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To donate $10 to the Salvation Army, text 80888 or visitFull Story >
Here are ways to help victims of the Moore, OK tornado.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:25:56 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionFull Story >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:05 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:05:14 GMT
A Kentucky man has been arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) spotted a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at the checkpointFull Story >
A Kentucky man has been arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) spotted a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at the checkpoint.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:41 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:41:41 GMT
Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) released its ninth annual State of Downtown Report on Tuesday. The 2012 report provides a comprehensive profile of downtown, highlighting measurements in the areas of: development,Full Story >
Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) released its ninth annual State of Downtown Report on Tuesday.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
In a medical emergency, we all know that seconds count. East End native can certainly testify to that fact. He had a heart attack at the Cincinnati Zoo, but lived to tell the tale.
May 18th, 2011 is a day that 55-year-old Terry Huffman will never forget, even though he can't remember it. He was at the Cincinnati Zoo, chaperoning a field trip for his nephew and the rest of his third grade class.
"I told one of the parents that I wasn't feeling well, and I guess after that, I toppled over," said Huffman.
Zoo Security Supervisor Sarah Benjamin was called to Frisch's Theater in the Education Center.
"While I was on my way up here, we did get a call from the education building," said Benjamin. "I asked if he was breathing. They said that he was not."
Huffman had suffered a massive heart attack. It was one so severe that doctors call it the "widow maker."
"Terry was on the ground," said Benjamin. "They had cleared a lot of the chairs away from him. His eyes were open. He was looking at the ceiling. He was unresponsive."
She grabbed the zoo's defibrillator. She used it on Huffman, but only after performing CPR.
"It's a simple machine," said Benjamin. "It tells you what to do. It has an on button, and it has a shock button."
Cincinnati fire crews arrived minutes later, and rushed Huffman to University Hospital, but it didn't look good.
Dr. Imran Arif, M.D. supervised an emergency heart catheterization .
"Basically going into the groin, up into the heart arteries, finding out where the problem was," said Dr. Arif. "He had a 100-percent blocked artery. The main artery that was going to his heart."
Huffman's heart wasn't receiving any blood.
Dr. Arif was able to ease Huffman's blockage, but even then, Huffman was nowhere near out of the woods. Doctors said those who do survive heart attacks often have dismal outcomes because of the damage done to the brain. That's why doctors at UC recently changed their hypothermia protocol.
About one year ago, Dr. William Knight, M.D. pushed to buy a cooling machine which uses catheters.
"Cold water will go in here and fill up these balloons," said Dr. Knight. "There's three of them on the end of the catheter and the patient's blood will just bathe it."
The machine helps lower a person's overall temperature to 32 degrees Celsius or 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Huffman was connected to the machine for two days.
"He came in, he got his artery and his heart opened up at about the same time our team was making him cold," said Dr. Knight. "Then we kept him that way for about 24 hours. We monitored his brainwaves; making sure he wasn't seizing, making sure he wasn't shivering, and then gradually and slowly warming him back up."
"All the doctors would come in every day and say, 'Oh you made it. We didn't think you were going to make it,'" Huffman recalled.
One week later, Benjamin found Huffman.
"I walked into the hospital and I'm like you look so much better than the last time I saw you," said Benjamin. "He's like, 'I have all these tubes and everything and I'm like it doesn't matter!"
Three weeks later, Huffman was released from the hospital. He recently started walking again.
"I think I'm anxious," said Huffman. "Never been away from work this long. Sometimes it gets aggravating because I walk with a walker, a cane. I'm not use to that. I'm used to being on the go."
Still, Huffman has now gained a friend and learned a lesson: learn CPR.
"That is critical to somebody's survival," said Dr. Arif.
"If anyone walks away with anything it's go and get trained," said Benjamin. "I mean, I used it here at work. I would have used it there at home. It's something that you never know you're going to need, but it could make all the difference."
All the difference between being a story talked about and having a wild tale to tell on Huffman's next trip to the zoo with his nephew.
"I'm almost ready," said Huffman. "I'm coming back to the zoo!"
Dr. Knight said typically about ten to fifteen percent of cardiac arrest patients survive. Their new cooling protocol has more than quadrupled that number, giving UC a higher than national average for hospitals their size. In the last year, so far, nearly 50 patients have used the new hypothermia protocol. UC is helping other hospitals develop their own protocol, as well.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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