Dun­dalk man saved by fam­ily af­ter heart at­tack in tun­nel

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

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.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF HALL FAM­ILY

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.

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