By Matt GurneyDARTMOUTH, Mass.
— Diamond Medical equipment saved the lives of a young patient and his family on Sunday, as he desperately tried to breathe after he was airlifted to Boston Medical Center for an operation.
It all started around 10:15 a.m. when the man, identified as 23-year-old Daniel H., began to show signs of cardiac arrest.
His heart had stopped.
The doctor had been at the scene for more than three hours, but the family had not yet gotten an answer.
Then Daniel’s father, David H, called 911.
It was then that Diamond Medical called 911 to report a medical emergency.
The ambulance arrived, but David H said it was too late.
The family was rushed to a nearby hospital and Daniel’s life was saved.
“I just can’t imagine what it must be like to be in a hospital with your kid and your wife and your mother,” he said.
Daniel was declared brain dead.
Diamond Medical said Daniel had been the owner of a small business in the Duxbury section of Dartmouth for about two years, and was a certified nursing assistant.
It is not known if he was licensed to practice medicine.
He worked as a nurse, and Diamond Medical said he was also a certified chiropractor.
He was a registered nurse with the state Department of Health and Human Services.
David H said he had been looking for help to pay for the $1,300 surgery Daniel was due to have performed in Boston.
He had worked for Diamond Medical for more or less a year.
“He had a very good career,” he told reporters Sunday morning.
“He was very well-respected.
He didn’t seem to have a problem with the law.
He’d done good work for the city.”
David said Daniel worked for him for about a year and a half.
He said Daniel was one of his best employees.
“I’ve never worked with someone who was so well-trained, so professional, so well paid, and he’s been a hero,” he added.
When asked if he knew about Daniel’s accident, David said he didn’t.
“No,” he replied.
“That was the first thing I knew.
I’ve never had someone in my life, let alone in the hospital, who’s been so well cared for.”
Diamond Medical has been working with other hospitals to develop better equipment for doctors in crisis, and this is the first time it has come up with a solution.
Diamond Medical has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in private donations to buy new equipment and equipment for other hospitals.
The family has donated more than $1 million in supplies and equipment.
Diamond Medical, located at 1601 Tremont St., Dartmouth, was founded in 1887 and is owned by its founders, a retired state legislator and former governor, William H. Dartmoor Jr. and a former secretary to the Governor, William F. Johnson.
The company employs nearly 1,200 people.
The Duxworth Police Department said in a news release that a man who was not named was taken into custody Sunday afternoon.
The man was taken to the Worcester County jail and will face charges of second-degree murder and second-year felony child abuse, police said.