Swift action by Foster Botanical Garden workers saves arborist’s life


Foster Botanical Garden employees and contracted workers are being hailed heroes after saving the life of an arborist.

On Oct. 4, Ivan Asato was doing regular maintenance work at the garden when he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing.

Several employees and contract workers began performing CPR, used an automated external defibrillator to restart Asato’s heart, and called 911.

The workers were all recognized Thursday for saving Asato’s life.

“Within the state of Hawaii, we only have about a 10-percent chance of survival for a sudden cardiac arrest, but with CPR and with an application of an AED, that chance from 10 percent actually goes to a 90-percent chance of survival, and that’s why Ivan is here today,” said Jenna Tanigawa, AED Institute project manager.

A new law recently passed requires an AED on every floor of city and county buildings as well as newly constructed buildings that have more than 50 people.

Asato’s case is the first save since the ordinance went into place.

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