‘Miracle’ man thankful to EMS/fire for 40 minutes of lifesaving CPR

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Shabiah Gordon, left, with his wife, Rosa, and their children. // Provided photos

Six first responders from the Lake County Office of EMS and the Clermont Fire Department are credited with saving a man’s life after tirelessly performing CPR for more than 40 minutes.

Shabiah Gordon’s near-death experience began in the early-morning hours of Feb. 24, when his wife, Rosa, noticed that her 39-year-old husband’s breathing was not normal. Rosa tried unsuccessfully to wake up her husband and called 911, a news release states.

First responders arrived and sprang into action to help Shabiah, who was in cardiac and respiratory arrest. The crews administered resuscitative efforts, determined to continue until they could get a pulse on the patient and transport him to Orlando Health South Lake Hospital.

After two weeks in the intensive care unit, Shabiah was able to walk out of the hospital and resume life with his wife and children, regaining full neurological function thanks to the unwavering dedication of the professionals on duty that day.

Shabiah calls himself “a walking miracle,” and considers the staff from the Office of EMS and the Clermont Fire Department to be part of his extended family. He thanks them for being persistent in getting his heart to beat again.

“From my family, from my church members, everybody, we thank them so much for everything…for not giving up,” Shabiah, of Clermont, says in the release.

The first responders included Lake Office of EMS EMT Nicholas Gammello and paramedic Jacob Gault; Clermont Fire Department Engine 101 team Firefighter/EMT Bruce Mace, Firefighter/EMT Jordan Bennett, engineer/paramedic Blake McCorkle, and Lt./EMT Jason Ness.

“These guys go at it every day and work hard and hone their skills to be some of the best in the nation,” Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bishop says in the release. “Not a week goes by that we don’t get recognition for a life saved. But this case was not typical. It’s probably the longest they’ve worked on someone and had a positive outcome. We’re very proud of them.”

Without the team’s efforts, Shabiah might not have survived.

“I could not be more proud of our staff for not only embodying the Office of EMS values but for handling this rare incident and showing that when passion and proper training come together, miracles can happen,” EMS Director Jerry Smith says in the release. “I believe that this call had the positive outcome that it did due to our team members being adequately prepared to handle this type of situation. The Office of EMS is happy that Mr. Gordon can continue making memories with his family.”

Watch Shabiah’s story in his own words here: bitly.com/EMSWalkingMiracle.

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Lifesaving crew, from left to right: FF/EMT Jordan Bennett, engineer/paramedic Blake McCorkle, Lt./EMT Jason Ness, FF/EMT Bruce Mace, EMT Nicholas Gammello and paramedic Jacob Gault.

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