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Burin woman credits YMCA staff and two medical professionals with lifesaving actions

Pat Bennett credits staff, as well as two members of the Marystown YMCA with medical backgrounds for their efforts to help when she suffered congestive heart failure while working out.
Pat Bennett credits staff, as well as two members of the Marystown YMCA with medical backgrounds for their efforts to help when she suffered congestive heart failure while working out.

MARYSTOWN, NL — A routine workout turned into a fight for life for Pat Bennett.

The Burin woman says she owes her life to the actions of the staff at the Marystown YMCA as well as two other women you had been using the resources at he facility.
Bennett had returned to the changing room at the YMCA when something started to feel off.
“I got all woozy and everything,” said Bennett. “I went to the washroom and I come out of that and then I got worse.
“The froth started coming out of my mouth and everything. There were two girls — one was a nurse the other was an LPN (licensed practical nurse) — as it happened they were there and they knew what to do.”
Bennett said credit should also be given to the staff at the facility for how they handled the situation.
“I got to say the crowd down to the Y, they were excellent,” she said. “They were right on top of everything, they knew just what to do.”
Bennett was taken from the YMCA to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre by ambulance and spent the next few days in the hospital.
While at the hospital Bennett learned she had suffered congestive heart failure, a serious medical condition where the heart doesn’t pump blood around the body as well as it should. This means the blood can't deliver enough oxygen and nourishment to the body to allow it to function normally.
“I filled right up with fluid — I couldn’t breath or nothing,” she said.
Bennett is starting to feel better and has even returned to the gym.
“I’m back to the gym walking everyday,” she explained. “I’m only allowed an hour a day, because that day I think I overexerted myself. So (now) I only do one hour a day — that’s what the doctor (recommended) and I’m only allowed to do one thing — it is either walking or getting in the pool.”
Bennett said it was a frightening situation, one she is not likely to forget.
She is grateful to the staff at the YMCA for the way they handled the situation
“They were all good, even the cleaning ladies and everything there,” she said. “They had them all out of the way for the (attendants) and for the stretcher to get me out.”
 

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