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Halifax native instrumental in bringing woman back to life

A 38-year-old North Carolina wife and mother of two is alive today thanks to the quick work of EMTs in her county and doctors at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, especially Halifax County native Dr. Lisa Rose-Jones.

Amy Moore suffered sudden cardiac death on Sept. 14 while at work. EMS personnel were called, she was rushed to Betsy Johnson Hospital, and then she was airlifted to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where Dr. Rose-Jones, who is completing a fellowship in cardiology, was on duty.

“EMS responded very quickly,” said Rose-Jones. “I was on duty when Amy was brought in. She was not breathing, and she was in Cardiogenic Shock, but she did have a heartbeat.”

The Halifax County native decided to utilize induced-hypothermia, also called the “ice protocol,” on Moore.

“I was the fellow (UNC Fellowship Program) on call, and I saw the patient first and developed a plan of treatment,” said Rose-Jones. “I decided on the procedure on my own and then confirmed it with Dr. Joe Rossi, the attending physician.

“We cool the patient and re-warm him over a 72-hour period to preserve their neurological functions,” she explained. “We have been doing this protocol at UNC since fall 2007. So far this year 12 patients have had the protocol, and six have survived.”

The survival rate for patients who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is only 2 to 10 percent, Rose-Jones said.

“Many who do survive, about two-thirds, have some form of permanent neurological impairment,” she explained.

“In Amy’s case, we started the ice protocol Arctic Sun,” she said. “Pads are applied to the body that circulate chilled water to lower the patient’s body temperature. We brought her temperature down to 93-degrees over a 12-hour period, and we gradually re-warmed her after 24-hours.

“When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a long period of time, toxins start to develop,” Rose-Jones continued. “We found that inducing hypothermia slows the metabolism of the brain cells.”

The doctor explained this type of treatment originated from the observation of children who had fallen in an icy pond and had been submerged in the icy water over a period of time. “When they were revived, most exhibited little or no negative effects,” she said.

“Amy is just a remarkable story,” Rose-Jones said. “When she was brought in, she was unconscious and not breathing on her own. Now she’s back at home with her family.

“What happened to her can happen to anyone,” she said. “Prompt EMS response and the ice protocol helped bring her back.”

Moore remained in the UNC hospital for two weeks, but she is back home with her husband, Jacob, and her two children. “She has an ICD (internal cardiac defibrillator) that should help in the event of another problem,” said Rose-Jones.

Moore’s remarkable story of survival and her quick treatment by Dr. Lisa Rose-Jones aired last Monday on the local news on WTVD-ABC11 in Durham, and the story was picked up by ABC World News with Diane Sawyer the following night.

“We’ve been getting calls from everywhere,” said Lisa’s mother, Jan Rose, after the story aired nationally on ABC World News. “Everyone was saying, ‘I just saw Lisa on the national news,’” Rose added.

Rose-Jones earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2003.

She received her Doctorate of Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus in May 2007.

Rose-Jones completed the University of North Carolina Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in June 2010 and was American Board of Internal Medicine certified in August. She currently is participating in the University of North Carolina Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.

She is the daughter of Otis and Jan Rose of South Boston and the wife of Scott Jones, formerly of South Boston.