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    Community honours disabled Fort St. John woman for saving heart attack victim

    FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Residents in Fort St. John, B.C., are joining forces to reward a woman who helped save the life of a heart attack victim.

    Darlene Thomas is trained as a paramedic and a nurse, so saving lives isn't new to her but Thomas doesn't work in health care anymore, she's a greeter at the Wal-Mart in her northeastern B.C. city.

    She's also a triple amputee.

    But when a 43-year-old man collapsed and stopped breathing while Thomas was at work, she pushed herself out of her wheelchair, pulled off her prosthetic arm and began CPR, keeping the man alive until paramedics arrived.

    Since the April 9 incident, Thomas has been recommended for separate Wal-Mart and Red Cross awards, but the community is also offering something more practical.

    Thomas lives in a wheelchair inaccessible duplex and a trust fund has been set up at a local credit union to raise money for a much-needed ramp to her home, with any leftover cash earmarked for upgrades to make her bathroom more accessible. (MooseFM)


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