LOUISVILLE, Colo., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A day after delivering her fourth child at Anaheim Regional Medical Center in Anaheim, California last December, 34-year-old Brynn Ervin suffered a cardiac arrest, the result of massive blood clots lodged in the main arteries that take blood to her lungs. Desperate to save the life of the young mother, the cardiac arrest team performed 95 minutes of CPR. Then thoracic surgeon John Eugene, MD operated to remove the blood clots. Still, Ms. Ervin lay comatose, her neurologic prognosis extremely poor. The doctors and nurses knew one therapy might save her – therapeutic hypothermia, but Anaheim Regional did not yet own an Arctic Sun® cooling device.
That's when Anaheim Regional nurses Joan Strydom, April Ponazzo, Alison Legendre and Martha Dispoto jumped into action. They called