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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:16


Dr. Genevieve Ashcom King (right) with Gloria Ferguson, a teacher from Vancouver, Washington, and helicopter used to rescue Ferguson after suffering a heart attack.

Dr. Genevieve Ashcom King of Castro Valley was honored last week for her role in the dramatic rescue of Gloria Ferguson, a teacher, who had suffered a severe heart attack at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

Dr. King was vacationing with her family this summer just outside of the park when she came upon two Boy Scout leaders giving CPR at the roadside to Ferguson, who was barely clinging to life.

Dr. King assisted with the manual resuscitation until park rangers arrived with a defibrillator, then worked with them as they restarted Ferguson’s heart and stabilized her for the 30-minute helicopter flight to a hospital in Medford.

There, a medical team reopened the victim’s blocked arteries.

Dr. King was awarded the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Hero Award during ceremonies which also honored the scout leaders, park rangers, paramedics and Mercy Flights crew involved in the rescue.



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