The Park Ranger with the AED

This past week, my veterinarian sister suddenly collapsed.

She had a cardiac arrest while driving. Her passenger was able to get the car off the road with no crashes or injuries.

A few cars back, a National Park Ranger (our area is full of Civil War Battlefields) came to her rescue. He had an AED in his car.

Boom! Rhythm back!

Most police do not carry AED’s. This one did and my sister lived.

The road has not been easy. She did not wake up in the ER and underwent a “Code ICE” procedure at Mary Washington Hospital (the same hospital in Doug’s recent post).

For days, we gathered at the bedside, wondering if she would ever awaken.

A few days ago, she finally woke up.

Everyday brings obvious improvement. A lot of physical therapy is ahead.

Today, she got her permanent ICD – Pacemaker.

Thank you to her passenger, the bystanders, the many kind and competent people at the hospital,


…Thank you to the Park Ranger with the AED

Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  2 comments for “The Park Ranger with the AED

  1. Amanda Young
    July 11, 2019 at 10:17 am

    OMG – thank goodness for Matt, the policeman, the hospital, everyone…. Debbie is the best vet I have ever known, not to mention a wonderful friend….

  2. Doug Hodges
    July 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Good story. We are all so great ful (ie prayerful) that Debbie is still kicking. And I am all for people working into their 70’s when they are enjoying it.

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