“When a neighbour offered me a chance to attend a basic First Aid course in our community, I turned her down. I was just too busy at the time and thought I would be unlikely to need it anyway. Not long after, my husband collapsed from a heart attack. Though in shock, I did mange to call for help, but the ambulance was going to take 20 minutes. My neighbour rushed in and immediately started CPR, keeping the blood flow to my husband’s brain going. When the ambulance and a Rapid Response doctor arrived they defibrillated several times until they detected a pulse. They then got him straight to the Cath Lab at the nearest hospital, just over an hour’s journey away. My husband is alive today because of my neighbour’s swift action in starting CPR. Take it from one who now knows better, everyone should learn CPR.”
*Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.