Last week, while attending the funeral for her mother in Fort Myers, FL., Debbie Brown's Aunt suffered a heart attack, resulting in her heart stopping.
Debbie immediately administered CPR. While directing the actions of her son to perform mouth-to-mouth, she performed the chest compressions. They maintained this until the emergency responders arrived many minutes later and were able to restart her heart after four attempts with the AED.
Although her Aunt remains hospitalized while the doctors determine the underlying cause of the attack, she appears to have no lasting damages as a result of the heart stoppage. It is certainly due to Debbie's Red Cross training and cool head under pressure.
Debbie's brother apparently made some inquires about recognition for Debbie. When Debbie heard about it, her e-mailed response was, "That was very nice of you. But I was just doing what I was trained for.... If it encourages someone to learn CPR, that would be a good thing."
Well, I think Debbie deserves some recognition for what she did. All I can offer are kudos, but they are well deserved kudos.