WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Dr. Scott Balonier’s actions may have been the difference between life and death. Before emergency crews could respond to a man suffering a cardiac arrest, Dr. Balonier performed life-saving CPR. 45% of people stricken by a cardiac arrest outside the hospital survived because of immediate CPR from a bystander.
Dr. Balonier says, “I had just gotten off a shift in the emergency department and was trying to fall asleep in the afternoon.”
In his 12 years as a physician with Kettering Health Network, Dr. Balonier had never been in a situation like this outside the hospital: his neighbor’s father was in cardiac arrest.
He says, “When I got there I went into my emergency medicine mode. I knew it was the father of my neighbor. Seeing her upset and crying was probably the worst part.”
And he knew seconds mattered.
“The sooner you can get bystanders –in this case other neighbors, myself, the patient’s own son– the sooner you can initiate that the better.”
On Monday evening he was honored by Washington Township trustees for his actions. The board read, “Be it proclaimed by the Washington Township Board of Trustees that Dr. Scott Balonier be commended for helping a neighbor in need and using his advanced medical skills to save a life.”
Dr. Balonier worked on the man for several minutes before emergency crews arrived, and then accompanied them to the hospital. He says, “We were able to do our job, the paramedics, the EMTs were able to do their jobs, and we were able to get him to the hospital with a pulse and take it from there.”
After three days of treatment the man was able to walk out of the hospital. “My neighbor was very grateful to everyone, myself, everyone who responded, EMS, the paramedics.”
The man who suffered the cardiac arrest lives in Michigan, so he wasn’t at the ceremony, but just recently he came back to celebrate his birthday at his daughter’s house. Dr. Balonier was there to see him.