A near-fatal incident was averted when Tami Kirkland, a resident of Simi Valley, CA, came to the aid of 6-year-old Madelyn Puopolo, who was found unconscious and floating in a pool, next door to her home, and performed life-saving CPR.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
The American Heart Association (AHA) is concerned that standardized training, both online and in-person, are “falling short and not always implemented to optimize retention and mastery”. According to the AHA, statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
The Ventura County Fire Dept., (VCFD) presented Tami with a life-saving certificate of appreciation at a ceremony at Fire Station 41 in Simi Valley, CA.
SUN News reporter, Jon Cowsill, has the story.
This video from the Cincinnati, OH Hospital, demonstrates how CPR on a child is performed.