As we run through our busy days, rushing off to work, off to class, swallowing a quick bite, or checking in with your honey, we rarely stop to think about the value of 20 minutes.
For a 68-year-old Australian woman, 20 minutes was the difference between life and death.
After seeing a car veer off the road in a rain storm, Tim Doherty, 20 years-old, rushed over to offer help. He found a woman slumped at the wheel, with no pulse. He threw her over his shoulder and ran for cover.
Under a bridge, he immediately began CPR. Having taken a CPR course before, Tim knew it was better to do something, rather than nothing.
Though cars slowed as they passed, nobody stopped to help. At one point, Tim ran to his car and phoned emergency.
“I worked on her for about 20 minutes and about two minutes before the ambos arrived she started breathing. She latched onto my arm which gave me a real shock. I was absolutely buggered and soaked. The whole thing kind of scared me, but I knew no-one else was going to stop in the rain so I had to do something.”
Tim’s mother nominated him for a Pride of Australia medal for his heroic efforts. The woman survived.
One high school in Woburn, MA is considering offering students a CPR elective.
In light of the recent Senate Bill 266, which would require all high school students across the country to know CPR as a requirement for graduation, the school committee is acting preemptively.
In addition to SB 266, House Bill 416, has also been filed, indicating strong interest by politicians to see some kind of change.
Michael Mulrenan, a board member of the Woburn high school believes the training should be offered to the students regardless of the bill.
Meanwhile, the cost of the CPR equipment is in question, but Mulrenan is hopeful.
The parents of 16-year-old Morgan Wilson are creating an CPR education organization after their daughter died of cardiac arrest.
She collapsed while playing tennis and died in the hospital several days later.
Her parents believe she would still be alive today if she had received CPR in time. So, in memory of their daughter, they are creating a program with the intention of teaching every Orange County high school student CPR, symptoms of cardiac arrest, and how to use a defibrillator.
They’re calling the organization Learn for Morgan. They hope to “prevent as many untimely deaths as possible,” said Morgan’s mother, Debbie Wilson.