Idaho offender pens thank you letter to nurse after recovering from heart attack

Idaho offender pens thank you letter to nurse after recovering from heart attack

(L-R) Deputy Chief of Prisons Shannon Cluney, ICIO Warden Terema Carlin and RN Taylor Henson

At Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO), an emergency was called when an offender was found lying on the kitchen floor suffering from an apparent heart attack. Responding officers began CPR while waiting for medical staff to arrive. Corizon Health Nurse Taylor Henson responded to the emergency call and took over chest compressions upon her arrival at the scene. A defibrillator was ultimately used to restart the offender’s heart, and an ambulance was called to transport the offender to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Upon recovering from his near-death experience, the offender penned a letter of thanks to all those who were involved in ensuring he did not die on that day. His letter begins with thanks to the warden for giving him “the chance to write this letter for these individuals…your staff’s professionalism is why I’m still alive today. Thank you.”

Nurse Taylor Henson was presented with the ‘Silver Cross Award’ from the Idaho Board of Correction as a result of her life-saving actions. The Silver Cross is awarded to those correctional professionals who display “prompt or alert action resulting in a life being saved or the prevention of serious injury to others and for demonstrating exceptional care for other individuals.”