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LUCAS Device Saves Lives Of Two Seaford Residents

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SEAFORD, Del. - The LUCAS device, it's a machine which emergency responders say administers the "perfect CPR."

"I've had two family members that have been saved by this device," said Teri O'Beir, whose mother and cousin-through-marriage both suffered heart attacks.     

Officials said traditional CPR has about a 10 percent success rate.    

But the success rate of this machine is apparently almost triple that at 28 percent.  This firefighter tells us about the day this device saved his life.

"We were at a fire in Dewey Beach and we were all done getting ready to go back and I was walking across street and collapsed," said Randall O'Beir.

Janis Robinson, mother of Teri, couldn't recall the day she went into cardiac arrest, "[It's] very scary. I don't remember too much really."    

Janis Robinson might not remember the day she had a heart attack, but her husband does.  Donald Robinson said his wife wouldn't be alive today without the LUCAS device.     

"They came in with the LUCAS device, hooked it up , flipped on the switch," said Donald Robinson. 

When seeing the firefighters for the first time he said he "was never so happy to see anybody in my life."    

This life saving machinery costs nearly $17,000 , but these survivors and their family say it's worth every penny.

"The day of her heart attack they didn't think she would make it and she did pull through for us," said Teri O'Beir.  "We're glad to have Randall, too."

Robinson is still recovering from her March heart attack and we're told O'Beir is fully recovered and back to work.

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