Licensed day care providers Revenda and Gregory Moorehead signed up for CPR training as part of their job requirement. Less than 24 hours after being trained by the Red Cross, the couple used their newly-learnt skills to save a life – that of their own son.
Gregory, father of two, says his two-year-old son, Joshua, had been displaying cold symptoms since the night before. Concerned, he gave him a cough drop to soothe his throat. Moments later, he remembers Joshua as having a 'panicked' look on his face.
"His eyes widened and he began to swing his arms up and down," recalls Gregory. "All I could remember was the instructor describing what a choking child would look like. I knew what was happening and in an instant began administering back blows. Moments later, the cough drop flew out."
The couple says they signed up for the CPR training but never thought they would ever have to use it. Today, they are grateful for the Adult Child and Infant CPR training for Daycare they took at the Greater Rochester Chapter in New York and encourage other parents to take the class, too.
"After the training, I put the certificate in my wallet and thought, 'What are the chances, I'll ever need to use this?' says Revenda. "I would never have dreamt that in less than a day, we would have to use those very skills to save our son's life."
"I wonder how many people have the same outlook that I did before this incident." says Revenda. "My only message to them is it's better to have the skills and not need it than need it and not have it."
Safety experts agree. "Taking a CPR or First Aid course could save a life, that of a loved one, a friend, neighbor or even a stranger," says Janet Jones-Brower, safety training director of the Greater Rochester chapter, NY. "It is important for people to know and understand, they have the capacity to actively contribute to the health and safety of their community by learning these valuable skills."
American Red Cross training offers complete, flexible programs that help you, your family and your community stay prepared for virtually any life-threatening situation. These training courses combine lectures and demonstrations with hands-on training and practice to enhance the learning experience. Participants learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants, heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings.
"Anyone can take a safety training class," says Brower. "There are programs for children, youth and adults with skills and knowledge that are age appropriate and build confidence to enable people to respond to an emergency."
For more information on Red Cross classes in your area, visit www.redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.