Their Mom Taught Them CPR Thinking They'd Never Use It. They Did

Brothers, 7 and 10, save their grandma
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2018 4:44 PM CST
Their Mom Taught Them CPR Thinking They'd Never Use It. They Did
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Lee Chatterson Wu taught her young sons CPR—and it ended up saving her own mother's life. The boys, 7-year-old Grayson and 10-year-old Kian, were having a sleepover at their grandmother's house in Saskatchewan on Nov. 10 when Patti Chatterson, 62, suddenly fell unconscious on the couch. "It was so scary. I didn't want to let our grandma die," Grayson tells the CBC. "We just acted," adds Kian, who started chest compressions. When they couldn't reach their parents, the boys called 911, and the dispatcher helped them through the steps to do CPR. Grayson started doing rescue breaths, and paramedics arrived seven minutes later.

Patti Chatterson has since made a full recovery; she suffered a massive heart attack and went into cardiac arrest. A nurse like her daughter, she tells the CBC, "With cardiac arrest, there's usually just three outcomes: death; you can survive it and be completely brain dead; or my recovery. ... Not too many people recover from cardiac arrest." Chatterson Wu, for her part, says that she didn't give her sons "a very in-depth" lesson on CPR: "I honestly didn't think they'd ever need it, or that it was necessarily an important thing to teach them at the ages of 7 and 10," she says, but she now advocates all parents teach their kids. See the full story at the CBC. (A girl who can't walk or talk saved her brother from drowning.)

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