Cleveland Clinic Nurse Saves Boy From Drowning

Being in the right place at the right time

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While relaxing at the Fox Meadows Country Club pool in Medina on a sunny summer day, Cleveland Clinic nurse Susan Kalucis, CNP, was hardly expecting to deal with any of the fast-paced activity she sees daily in the Cardiothoracic Outpatient department. It ended up being a very different “day-off” when Kalucis and her friend Lisa Crea, also a nurse, heard a commotion coming from the pool. A 4-year-old boy was being pulled out of the water by the lifeguard.

“We heard cries for help, and both being nurses, we ran to the group that had formed where we found the little boy. He was blue, not breathing and without a pulse,” Kalucis says. “Both Lisa and I went into instant rescue mode and recognized a code blue and initiated CPR to attempt to save his life.”

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After the nurses administered CPR together, the boy finally began to show signs of life, moaning, moving and crying. The ambulance arrived shortly after and transported the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released.

Kalucis, who has been a nurse at Cleveland Clinic for 20 years, says this was the best feeling she’s ever had. “This was the craziest thing I’ve ever had to do in my career as a nurse, and I wasn’t even at work,” she says. “It was definitely a memorable moment and not something I will soon forget.”

Sue also reports that the young boy was actively playing the next day. From now on his family says he will be wearing a flotation device when he goes swimming.

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