July 23, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
An appreciative crowd gathered at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center to honor three nurses whose quick action saved a life.
The Hale Anuenue nurses, Cathy Tabile, Sheila Padasdao and Anna Labasan were present at a baby lu’au at Sangha Hall on June 19th, when a kupuna dancing on stage collapsed.
The nurses immediately jumped on stage and started chest compressions on Thelma Akeo, who was no longer breathing and had no pulse. A relative gave breaths at the direction of one of the nurses while the other two nurses did chest compressions for over 15 minutes before the paramedics arrived.
Akeo ultimately survived from what was later learned to be a massive heart attack, and doctors credited the quick and decisive action by the nurses with improving her chances for survival.
At the event at Hale Anuenue, the nurses came face to face with Akeo for the first time since the incident. Emotions ran high as nurses and family embraced, and grateful lei were draped on the humble saviors. Noe, Thelma’s daughter in law, also thanked the nurses on behalf of the large family.