Dundalk man saved by family after heart attack in tunnel
On Aug. 27, Dundalk man Terry Hall was riding with his daughter when he collapsed in the passenger seat while in the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.
The family was driving in caravan from the church where Hall’s granddaughter had been baptized to a family home for celebration when Hall was discovered to be unresponsive as the car left the tunnel.
Signaling to the other cars in the procession, Hall’s
daughter, Ledda Sellars, pulled over and began to drag her father out of the car.
Sellars began giving Hall mouth-to-mouth as one of Hall’s granddaughters, Macy Scharf, shocked Hall with the defibrillator paddles and Scharf’s boyfriend, Aaron Riley, completed chest compressions.
Scharf and her boyfriend are both EMTs with the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company.
Because of the swift action of Hall’s family, he was resuscitated. He was taken to the cardiac care unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he continued to recover.
“I can’t remember anything from talking to my daughter in the tunnel to waking up in the hospital,” Hall said. “All I know is that I was dead; I had no pulse; I was turning blue.”
“I’m very, very lucky,” Hall continued. “I have no brain damage, but I do have heart damage.”
Hall will be transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he will soon undergo a double bypass.
“I’m sore,” Hall said. “But I’m alive.”
Hall’s daughter Ledda Sellars (left with blond hair), grandaughter Macy Scharf (right in blue dress) and Scharf’s boyfriend Aaron Riley (in purple) worked to revive Hall on the side of I-95.