From time to time, we highlight stories in which CPR has saved a life. While not everyone that receives CPR gets a second chance, we believe it’s important to focus on these positive, life-saving stories, because they might motivate new people to learn this valuable life skill. The chances that you will encounter someone in need of CPR at some point in your lifetime are higher than you might think, and chances are that person will be a loved one. CPR training could help you save a stranger, a loved one, or maybe even your own parent, as three Richmond children found out last November.
Father Save By His 13-Year Old Triplets
One particular story hit very close to home last November. Just six days before Thanksgiving, a Chesterfield, Virginia man collapsed in his home from a heart condition. When he finally came out of a medically induced coma, he was amazed to learn that his three 13-year children (triplets!) managed to save his life with CPR, a skill they’d learned last summer. The children called 9-1-1 and began doing chest compressions, while their mother rushed home from the store.
Their mother, a professional nurse, arrived home to find her children performing CPR, just as Chesterfield rescue teams arrived on the scene. CBS 6 News reported that family and friends generously came to the family’s aid to help with bills and groceries while the family recovered from the incident. Keith Zimmerman is one father that had a lot to be thankful for this last holiday season! All the folks here at CPR Consultants hope Keith is experiencing a speedy recovery and would like to congratulate his three children for acting heroically at such a scary moment!
The Importance of CPR Training
CPR training doesn’t take that much time to learn, doesn’t cost a great deal of money, and is a skill you will have for a lifetime, although we do recommend renewing your training at least every two years. It’s almost never too early to start teaching children about CPR, first aid, and other important life skills, but many experts agree that age nine is the time children start reaching a maturity level that allows them to retain CPR skills.
Here’s a Brief Video from the American Heart Association that Shows Just How Simple CPR Can Be:
Teach CPR to Your Family Today!
It’s stories this one about the Zimmerman family that motivate us to keep teaching CPR to adults, children, and medical professionals, year after year. Hollywood makes it seem like CPR works every time. Sadly, as medical professionals know all too well, not everyone that receives CPR lives to tell the story. We’re always thrilled to hear CPR success stories though! Contact us if you have a story to tell or would like to learn the valuable skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.