Fifty Survivors Who Died and Were Brought Back to Life by CPR Celebrate a Second Chance at San Diego Gathering

Dec 08, 2010, 18:12 ET from Citizen CPR Foundation

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Help Focus Attention on Thousands of Needless and Preventable Deaths Each Year

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Citizen CPR Foundation:

What: To mark the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), 50 cardiac arrest survivors along with rescuers and CPR instructors, are being brought together at a special event to focus on the heroism of the citizens who provided CPR and saved them from an otherwise likely death.

Sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) – a non-profit organization promoting citizen CPR – the "50th Anniversary Gala & Survivor Dinner" is being held as part of the CCPRF's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference and will spotlight the power of citizen action.

When: Thursday, December 9, 2010

Proclaimed "Citizen CPR Day in the City of San Diego" by Mayor Jerry Sanders

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m. – Recognition Dinner Gala and presentations

Where: SeaWorld, San Diego, CA

500 SeaWorld Drive

San Diego, CA 92109

Who: SCA and sudden death strike men, women and children without warning. SCA is a leading cause of death in the U.S. It is a major public health problem with few survivors to promote improvement in care and CPR. The 50 SCA survivors being honored at the special CCPRF event are helping to champion a national call to action – to increase the SCA survival rate – so many more lives can be saved. Here are just three of the survivors being presented at this Gala and their important stories of survival with CPR from this almost universally fatal event:  

  • Carleton SmithAt the age of 64, Carleton felt healthy and fit and was running the Boston Marathon when he suddenly collapsed. His son Jimmy and another citizen bystander saved him during the race.
  • Kinlee Ryne Keltner – At the age of 2, Kinlee slipped into a pool and drowned within seconds. Kindle was rescued and saved by her grandfather and father.
  • Matthew Nader At the age of 17, Mathew was an otherwise healthy high school athlete who collapsed at a high school football game. His parents who were on the sidelines watching the game saved Matthew.  

Why: More than 300,000 people suffer SCA each year in the U.S. alone. In most communities, fewer than eight in 100 survive. Three times that number could live with prompt bystander CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced care offered by paramedics and specialized hospital units. These 50 survivors and their stories show us how survival is possible.

SOURCE Citizen CPR Foundation