A young North Carolina mother is alive today because her husband received Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) training from the American Red Cross.
Charlotte resident Amy Jones shares her story about how CPR helped saved her life when she went into sudden cardiac arrest.
“Sept. 7, 2009, was the day my life changed forever,” said the 37-year-old mother. ‘We were at home in Charlotte patiently awaiting our ‘Labor Day.’ Nine months pregnant, I was just two days shy of my due date. I was sleeping on the couch, with my husband, Arnie, nearby.
“Suddenly, I stopped breathing and had no pulse. Arnie placed me on the floor, called 911, and started CPR. The paramedics arrived very quickly and took over. I was shocked with a defibrillator two times without any success. The third or fourth time, they got a pulse – a weak one, but it was there.
“The paramedics had to revive me twice in transport, and again a weak pulse appeared. Once I was stabilized at the hospital, they performed a Caesarean section and the baby arrived healthy at 8 pounds 12 ounces. I was admitted into the intensive care unit and placed in a medically induced coma for several days.
“When I regained consciousness, doctors implanted an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) to help regulate my heart rate and shock me in case I went into sudden cardiac arrest again. Ten days later, my daughter, Elizabeth, and I went home.
“I am doing really well, thanks in part to my husband’s quick actions. I have very minor memory loss, and my heart is strong with no permanent damage. CPR saved my life. If Arnie had not known how to perform CPR, I would not be here today to tell my story.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.