Red Cross Heroes - Shannon Yonamine

(HawaiiNewsNow) - On May 4, 2012, Iolani school teacher Peter Greenhill was playing basketball during a lunchtime student-faculty game, when he suddenly felt light-headed and ill.

Peter immediately went to the infirmary and collapsed in the doorway.

Iolani nurse and director of health services Shannon Yonamine observed that Peter was,

"was really gray, kinda' gasping for air, not looking well, not responsive"

Shannon had seen many situations like this during her 14 years at Queen's Medical Center and immediately checked for responsiveness, called 911, and started CPR.

She then retrieved the AED or automated external defibrillator outside of her office. Allowed it to assess Peter's situation and administer the shocks as needed.

"his heart was in a really irregular, funky kinda rhythm that needed a shock, and then his heart eventually stopped when he was in my office."

But the CPR and AEA treatment worked and Shannon was able to bring Peter back before paramedics arrived.

Thanks to her calm and quick action, Peter's life was saved.

That's why she is one of the Red Cross of Hawaii's lifesaver heroes.

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