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A thank you and personal story resulting from CPR training:

Hi Christian

You taught myself, and my mom's group, Parkwest Y-Neighbours, CPR this past January. As much as we were eager to learn CPR, we all probably felt or had this air about it that "really, when will I need to do this?", and definitely felt "I hope I never have to use this". Well thank goodness every thing you taught us stuck....

This past Saturday night/ early Sunday morning, my husband, my bro-in-law, my soon-to-be-sis-in-law, their friend and myself were driving from my bro-in-law and soon-to-be- sis's wedding social in the country. Her mom was driving along #227 highway, just before #6, when we were flagged down by a frantic guy. When we opened the van door, we saw a cube of a crushed car, and a body about 30 feet in front of it in the ditch. My sis-in-law, who is a nurse, and I began to do CPR on this body (even though he did not have a pulse) - we switched off doing compressions and breathing - it's strange how everything came so natural - even calling out the compressions - it seemed like only minutes but apparently it was about 20 mins before the paramedics showed up. They had us continue CPR, even as we moved him into the ambulance - I guess they knew there was no chance for him, so they let us keep doing our thing. A shame - speed, drunk driving and no seat belts - it was all so preventable.

Although there was nothing we could do for this guy, at least we tried, and I guess I would be feeling worse if I didn't have to skills to at least do something. So thank-you for teaching us those skills - I've reminded our group to look at their CPR booklet again and call/e-mail you if they have any questions b/c now I know there IS a chance you will need to do it.

Carly - Winnipeg