"Since witnessing the cardiac arrest that inspired me, I have not been around anyone who has needed CPR. But I know of two teenagers who have. Both learned it at school and ended up saving the life of one of their parents."
Aside from my tear-filled "thank you," in the center of the restaurant, we haven't spoken since 12:05 p.m. Eastern Time. And I only know that because in my clenched hand is my iPhone, still showing the recent call history of 911.
When Bill and Hilary Greenberg flew to Costa Rica in April 2012 for a scuba vacation they were not new to diving. In fact, they took their first dive together on their honeymoon 18 years ago and have been going to the bottom of the ocean ever since.
If someone were to suddenly collapse in front of you, would you know what to do? Would your CPR lessons come back immediately or would you call 911 and stand back in fear of doing something wrong? Your answer could be the difference between life and death.
As the parent of a child with multiple anaphylactic allergies, I've learned that any delay in treatment of anaphylaxis can cost my child his life. But what if a child shows signs of anaphylaxis and an EpiPen isn't readily available?