Prison Nurse saves inmate's life

From: Jackson Clarion Ledger

A DeSoto County inmate is thanking a prison nurse for saving his life after he went into cardiac arrest while playing basketball.

WMC-TV reported that George Tuner, 56, is expected to make a full recovery. However, if the jail staff has not been well trained, the outcome could have been much different.

"He was not breathing, no vital signs, no pulse, no heart rate," Ashley Foster, the jail nurse, told WMC-TV.

Jail administrator Chad Wicker told WMC-TV that saving Turner’s life was a group effort. He took over chest compressions while Foster shocked Turner’s heart with the AED.

"Immediately we started CPR. Somebody went and got the AED, somebody cut his shirt off, somebody called 911 immediately," he said. "This is the first time in a real life setting we’ve done this."

According to WMC-TV, Turner is serving time as a habitual drug offender, trying to change his ways behind prison walls.

"I’m just being careful about things and making sure I know my maker before I do die," he said.

Ashley Foster is giving credit to her coworkers, like Wicker, for training her to respond the way she did.

"I haven’t stopped thanking her yet, I thank her every day right now," said Turner.

Foster had just renewed her CPR license the day before the emergency.