The prompt delivery of roadside CPR saved the life of a baby girl. Geraldina Carvalho and David McEvoy both pulled over and delivered CPR until the arrival of the paramedics.
Saving a life
The 2 local heroes save the life of a 7-week old girl on the side of an Ottawa road. Both are urging the public to learn the life-saving skill.
Geraldina Carvalho was driving home from her shift at the Perley Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre when she saw a group of people at the side of St. Laurent Boulevard. A woman was holding a baby, and something about the child urged her to stop.
The child was turning purple and her heart was beating very slowly. Carvalho initiated CPR and in a short while, bylaw officer David McEvoy who is a CPR instructor spotted the scene and pulled over. He took over the chest compressions on the child. The baby started to move and went limp again. It took several rounds of CPR before her chest started to rise and fall again.
Upon the arrival of the emergency responders, Carvalho and McEvoy went home. Both watched the news anxiously hoping for an update on the condition of the baby.
Performing CPR on a child
If you want to be prepared during emergencies, enrolling in a first aid course is a good investment in the long run. Being prepared to deal with emergencies is a plus.
You will learn the life-saving techniques necessary to save a life. Prompt delivery of these measures can significantly improve the chances of survival.
Importance of first aid training
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save a life. Prompt delivery of life-saving techniques improves the chances of survival during emergencies.
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