When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant in Jackson, MS last March, the senior high school student at St. Andrews Episcopal School was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee.
Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's body laid out on the floor, apparently non-responsive, Chloe said firmly to those attempting to help, “I am CPR certified, are you?” When no one responded, she hurried to begin hands-on chest compressions. For the next several minutes, Chloe and her mother worked to resuscitate the stranger.
A doctor who was also patronizing the restaurant told Chloe that she could stop, that there was no chance of this man's survival. While family members and onlookers huddled in prayer, Chloe continued performing CPR until the paramedics arrived. Even then, things looked grim.
Compelled to know whether the man had survived, Chloe and her parents went to find his family at the hospital. This complete stranger to Chloe had suffered Sudden Cardiac Death, a condition that in Mississippi has less than a 2% chance of survival. Because of Chloe’s immediate action, this man joined the 2% of survivors that day!
Today, Chloe is a freshman at the University of Mississippi and the survivor is enjoying life with his family.
To find out more about local area CPR classes, visit www.heart.org/CPR.