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Pennsylvania EMT Dies After Tearing Artery Trying To Save Woman's Life

| by Sean Kelly

A young EMT in Pennsylvania died after tearing an artery while trying to perform CPR and save somebody’s life.

Samantha Agins, a 22-year-old emergency worker from Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, was trying to revive an unresponsive woman at a summer camp in New Jersey on Sunday when the tragic incident occurred.

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According to reports, Agins first attempted CPR on the woman, which proved unsuccessful. She then hooked the woman up to a defibrillator in an attempt to revive her, but she did not make it.

Later that night, Agins was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering a stroke and doctors informed her that she’d severed an artery while performing CPR. She had three more small strokes that evening, but was still responsive. 

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“She wasn’t as responsive as the first time, but I could take her home,” Paula Agins, the young woman’s mother, said. 

Agins then suffered a major stroke and was taken to the hospital, where she was put on life support. She subsequently developed locked-in syndrome before slipping into a coma, and died just 24 hours later.

In response to the heroic young woman’s death, her younger sister created the social hashtag “#PurpleHeartsforSam,” which quickly went viral. 

“It’s been very overwhelming,” her mother said. “It speaks to the testimonial of just what kind of kid she was.”

Sources: Daily Mail, Pocono Record / Photo credit: dailymail.co.uk