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Dad Saves Baby's Life Using CPR He Learned By Watching TV

Do you know CPR?

It’s not quite open heart surgery after watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in which Dr. McDreamy hits the operating room, but hey!  It’s a pretty big deal to save your kid’s life in an of itself.

Add to that the fact that one New Jersey dad was able to do it by using skills he learned by watching TV and you’ve got yourself a story.

As the Daily Record reports Arif and Nadia Mahmood’s 20-month old son, Sarim, stopped breathing as they looked on in horror.

“My wife started screaming,” Arif Mahmood, said Friday. “He was not moving, he was not breathing.”

They didn’t know CPR. However, they’d seen it performed on TV before so they did the best they could.

Mahmood said he began performing mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions on his son. His wife took over for him so he could call 911.

The little boy began to breathe weakly and was actually crying by the time paramedics arrived.

Dr. Steven Fishberger, an NYU Langone pediatric electrophysiologist, credits the couple for being able to perform CPR under pressure, without even really knowing how to do it.

“To be able to do it under those circumstances is remarkable,” he said Friday.

Turns out, Sarim is genetically predisposed and at high risk for sudden cardiac death because he has what’s known as Long QT Syndrome, an inherited condition that causes disruptions in the heart’s electrical system. Dr. Fishberger has since installed a an implantable cardiac defibrillator in the little boy. It’s like a pacemaker and will help prevent Sarim’s heart from stopping. If arrhythmia is detected the ICD sends an electrical shock that will restore normal beating.

I learned CPR more than a decade ago when I was a home health aide but couldn’t even begin to tell you the proper procedure. Most of what I know also comes from television. I know, as a parent of two small children I should be ashamed. Taking CPR should be a prerequisite to giving birth.

What about you? Have you recently taken a CPR course?

Image: Flickr.com/zoomar

Be Prepared: Sign up for a local  Infant CPR Class today!

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