Hands Only CPR saved my Mom's life.
March 20, 2017 -- My first son was just born, 2 weeks old, and my mom was going to take half days at work to spend the afternoons helping me with my new baby. The first day she showed up she had brought us a pack n' play she'd purchased for us. She carried the pack n' play up the stairs to our house; and although she was a fit 57 year old she was out of breathe. The next thing I knew she had collapsed and started turning blue.
So I threw my son on the couch, dialed 911 and started CPR chest compressions. The 911 operator swiftly collected my information and continued to coach me through chest compressions; even encouraging me on as I knew I was cracking ribs.
After 9 minutes of CPR chest compressions the cops arrived with an AED, they took over CPR at that point and delivered AED shocks until the paramedics arrived and took over.
We are very fortunate that despite the time with oxygen (approx 14 mins) my mom has made pretty much a full recovery (she was in the hospital for awhile and it took awhile for her memory to catch up but now she's almost 100% back).
She's been diagnosed with HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) and has had an ICD installed. Since HCM is genetic my brother and I were both screened and my brother also has HCM and has had an ICD installed as well.