OTTAWA, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation has
launched the bilingual Infant CPR Anytime® personal learning kit to teach parents, families and friends how to use
infant CPR to save a baby from choking or cardiac arrest.
Accidents and unintentional injuries, including drowning, suffocation
and choking, are a leading cause of death among infants and
children. These are situations where cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) and first aid can help save a child's life. But too many
Canadians don't know what to do in a cardiac emergency.
Shannon Bannen understands first-hand how important it is to know CPR.
Just weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby boy, she had to test
the limits of her courage to save his life. One morning, seven-week-old
Keegan started fussing and was struggling to breathe. Quick to act,
Shannon told her husband to call 9-1-1. Then, within seconds, Keegan
stopped breathing altogether and his heart stopped beating. "That's
when I started CPR on him," says Shannon.
Doctors told Shannon that CPR saved Keegan's life. "He was never without
oxygen as long as I was doing those CPR rescue breaths," she says. "To
look at him today, you'd never guess he experienced any trauma."
Learning CPR takes very little time and can save a life. The Heart and
Stroke Foundation's Infant CPR Anytime kit includes an instructional DVD, an inflatable mini-mannequin, and a
user-friendly instruction manual with photographs.
"Nothing is more tragic than the loss of a child," says Heart and Stroke
Foundation spokesperson Dr. Alan de Caen. "Taking 20 minutes to learn
CPR to save a child is worth every second and every minute."
Anyone can learn CPR - and everyone should! For more information on
the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Infant CPR Anytime kit, or to order ($35 plus taxes and shipping), visit heartandstroke.ca/infantcpr
About the Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through
initiatives to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.
Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make
it happen. Heartandstroke.ca
SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation
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For more information or interviews, contact:
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
613-569-4361, ext 273