t 8: 30 p.m. on Saturday night, February
27, 2016, our 25-year-old son Daniel
collapsed in the kitchen. My husband
Al and I were not home, but three of
Daniel’s friends were visiting. They were
watching TV when his friend Blake Wilson heard a thump
in the kitchen and found Daniel face down on the floor.
Wilson yelled for the two other boys, Jon Evert and Blake
Perez. Perez called 911, and with direction from the 911
operator, Evert began CPR. The 911 dispatcher estimated
that Evert performed 400-600 chest compressions. After
an ambulance ride to the hospital, Daniel was put on a
ventilator and into a hypothermic state, and medically
More than once, the doctors in the intensive care unit
said that Daniel’s three friends saved his life. Later, we
found out that all three young men are Eagle Scouts and
one has taken the EMT training course. They told us that
even though they knew CPR, they never thought they
would need to use it, especially on a friend they love.
Daniel is now doing very well, but he had to have
open-heart surgery because tests revealed that he had
a rare congenital heart defect referred to as anomalous
coronary that brought on the sudden cardiac arrest.
Every individual should be prepared for something like
this. We just never know when our child, spouse, loved
one, friend or a stranger may fall unconscious and require
CPR. “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” was previously called
“Sudden Cardiac Death” because the survival rate was
nonexistent. But thanks to these young men as well as
the dispatcher and first responders, Daniel is alive today.
These young men truly epitomize the Boy Scout motto
— Be Prepared.
LEARNING HANDS-ONLY® CPR MAY SAVE A LIFE. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE.
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