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A 17-year-old girl in Minnesota successfully kept her father alive thanks to a middle school health class that covered lessons in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).Lindsay Lee, who now attends Park Center High School, was at home last summer when her father suffered a heart attack.At first, Lindsay wasn’t sure whether her father was having a heart attack or a seizure. But she knew she had to do something.Lindsay started performing CPR while her sister called 911. Dispatchers on the phone also aided Lindsay in the process.“My mom was with me and I told her to hold my dad’s head up, so he wouldn’t choke on his tongue. My mom did the mouth to mouth part too,” Lindsay told CCX Media.Medical responders soon reached their home. They still had difficulty reviving Lindsay’s father, but he managed to pull through.
Lindsay credits the CPR lessons she had around four years ago at Brooklyn Middle School. Juli Bombalier, who teaches health education there, inspired Lindsay to apply what she learned during health class.“I always tell my students there’s no wrong in health because health is your life. We want to do it right the first time,” Bombalier told CCX Media.Lindsay’s father is in better shape now. The family, which was brought closer by the incident, also committed to a healthier lifestyle together.“We have adapted our eating habits and getting more exercise,” Lindsay said.Feature Image Screenshots via CCX Media Community News
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