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Mom Becomes Heart, CPR Advocate After Losing her Son

 

Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on September 10, 2013.  The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State University had collapsed while jogging with two friends.  One friend ran to call 9-1-1 while the other stayed with Taylor. Several minutes passed before a police officer and then an off-duty paramedic arrived and initiated CPR.  Melinda has become a volunteer advocate encouraging Nebraska to join the growing list of states to teach CPR as a high school graduation requirement so that all students learn this life-saving skill before they graduate.  Melinda recently shared her story on the AHA's website. 

To read Melinda's story, CLICK HERE. 

 

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