You probably saw it on the news or read it in the newspaper. Jack Pittman-Heglund, a 12 year-old Keller Middle School student and lacrosse player, collapsed when he arrived home after school. Jack’s mom performed CPR and called 911. Jack was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he spent five days in coma and is now doing well. Doctors told the family that an undiagnosed cardiac problem was to blame for the attack, and without his mom administering CPR he would not have survived. His family and the lacrosse team that he plays for have made it their mission to be sure the people learn CPR. They have promoted their cause by selling wristbands that read, “Do you know Jack about CPR? Learn” and by having a Facebook page (search “Do you know Jack about CPR?”)
There are many more recent cases in our area that resulted in the following headlines:
“14 year-old is hailed as a hero after he saved his friends life during lunch”
“Arlington dad uses CPR to save son’s life”
“Texas woman’s fast actions saves boyfriend’s life”
Would you be able to save your child’s life or a friend’s life?
If the answer is no, it might be time for you to consider taking CPR. Following are some courses in the Denton area:
The City of Denton Fire Department provides a four hour CPR certification course for $40. More information is available at www.cityofdenton.com/index.aspx?page=554
CPR Associates also offers CPR certification courses in the area. More information is available at www.cprassociates.net.
Gohlke Pools provides a free non-certification class, which lasts two hours. It is the American Heart Association class “CPR for Family & Friends”. This is a program created by the American Heart Association for anyone who wants to learn CPR and does not need a course completion card. More information is available by calling Matt at (940)387-7521.
Hopefully you will never need to know CPR, but you never know if and when disaster will strike and you will have the opportunity to save someone’s life.