It was then that GoodSAM responder Jess Purcell came running onto the court. It was a chaotic scene and with Hayden performing mouth to mouth, she had no idea the person she was about to give chest compressions to was a teenager.
GoodSAM is a life-saving app that connects patients in cardiac arrest with a nearby volunteer who are willing to start hands-only CPR while an ambulance is on the way.
Remarkably, Jess had registered to be a GoodSAM responder a few days earlier and had only received email confirmation of her GoodSAM accreditation on the morning of Jasper’s cardiac arrest.
Jess, who knew CPR after years of attending Scouts, had been at a dance studio 200 meters down the road when her watch buzzed with a notification.
“When I saw it, I thought it was a practice notification or something, because I had only just signed up to GoodSAM,” Jess said.
“I opened my phone and realised it was real, it was happening; I ran outside and saw someone standing on the street for emergency services and I could hear the sirens in the background, so I just started running.”
Fire Rescue Victoria responded to the emergency, as well as Ambulance Victoria Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) paramedics Kate Dalrymple, MICA student Chloe Abel and Advanced Life Support paramedics Anna Janssen, James Munro and Matt Teofilo.
Chloe said Jasper’s team of heroes, including Hayden and Jess, helped get the ball rolling on ‘the chain of survival’ through early bystander intervention and contributed to saving his life.
“Jasper was incredibly lucky everything aligned for him. It was a real team effort that helped save his life,” Chloe said.
“He showed good signs of stability immediately post cardiac arrest, and he’s gone on to make a quick recovery. If that cardiac arrest happened somewhere else—where there was no-one around—we know it is most likely would have been a different outcome.
“I’ve been a paramedic for more than 10 years and I can count on one hand the times where everything has lined up like that. You couldn’t have asked for a better response.
“This young person is going to go on to live a normal life and that outcome is something that everyone should be incredibly proud of.”