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Should CPR be taught in public schools?

At the age of six I was living near Clark AFB in the Philippines in an off base American subdivision with tennis courts and swimming pools. We would have these amazing block parties with the most fresh exotic fruit and freshly prepared meals. We even used to make homemade mango ice cream from the trees in our backyard, delicious. It was a fairly tightly knit little community or was it? Before I continue I would like to point out that the laws at that time were purposely designed to take advantage of the American presence and there was a lot to be fearful of for these young servicemen (It isn't my intent to pass judgment on any parties in the following story). It was just another beautiful day of being a fish and pigging out on the local cuisine. BBQ time... Then out of nowhere the most blood curdling scream followed by the most heart wrenching site. A little Filipina girl had wondered from the kiddie pool and was floating face down in the deep end of what was up to that point my chlorinated ocean paradise. I was the first one in the water but quickly out swam by a young man fresh out of basic training. We lifted her limp body out of the then turbulent waters and placed her gently on her back. The paramedics were called. Then... nothing... other than the mothers screams and pleas for her help. Everyone just looked around at everyone else standing around watching this poor mother weep as her baby girl turned different shades of blue and grey. As time slowed, an eternity had passed. Finally, the ambulance arrived and quickly whisked her away. She held on for three hours before her tiny fragile body succumb to her injuries. The doctors concluded that CPR would have given this girl a chance to grow up and eventually become a woman and maybe even a mother who would hopefully have always been grateful for those men that saved her life so many years ago and so would spread goodwill. This woman is of course nothing but a figment but illustrates a need for CPR education.

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  • Sep 8 2011: Living is California and having been a first responder both in serendipity, volunteer and professional capacities I can with confidence say that yes CPR should be taught as well as other emergency skills. We have plenty of elements to our habitat in this state that would lend themselves toward the possibility of disaster. That could range from an earthquake to fire or mudslide or other calamity. I have always seen people step up and be there to help, but many people do not know what to do. Were we to spend just a few dollars to educate our citizens on a large scale [and have volunteers in education] I believe it would benefit us in the long run.

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