50 Survivors Who Died and Were Brought Back to Life by CPR Celebrate a Second Chance at San Diego Gathering

50 Survivors Who Died and Were Brought Back to Life by CPR Celebrate a Second Chance at San Diego Gathering

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Help Focus Attention on Thousands of Needless and Preventable Deaths Each Year

50 SCA SurvivorsSAN DIEGO--To mark the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(CPR), 50 cardiac arrest survivors along with rescuers and CPR instructors, were brought together at a special event yesterday in Sea World, to focus on the heroism of the citizens who provided CPR and saved them from an otherwise likely death. Sponsored by the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF), the "50th Anniversary Gala & Survivor Dinner" was held as part of the CCPRF's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference and spotlighted the power of citizen action. Guy Knickerbocker, one of the inventors of CPR, with survivor David Belkin, Esq.About 300,000 people suffer SCA each year in the U.S. alone. In most communities, fewer than eight in 100 survive. Three times that number could live with prompt bystander CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced care offered by paramedics and specialized hospital units. 

The 50 survivors represented living proof that CPR performed by 'ordinary' citizens, can save lives. Here are some of their stories:

  • Carleton Smith – At the age of 64, Carleton felt healthy and fit and was running the Boston Marathon when he suddenly collapsed. His son Jimmy and another citizen bystander saved him during the race.
  • Kinlee Ryne Keltner – At the age of 2, Kinlee slipped into a pool and drowned within seconds. Kindle was rescued and saved by her grandfather and father.
  • Matthew Nader – At the age of 17, Mathew was an otherwise healthy high school athlete who collapsed at a high school football game. His parents who were on the sidelines watching the game saved Matthew.  

The Youngest SurvivorsThe Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation sponsored David Belkin, Esq., SCA Survivor and Member of the Foundation Board's of Directors, as one of the 50 survivors participating in survivor events at ECCU. To read David's story, click here.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Co-Hosts Survivor Workshop

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation co-hosted, with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, a workshop for survivors, their families, and healthcare professionals during the ECCU conference. Speakers included Ben Abella, MD, MPhil, of the University of Pennsylvania; Bobby Khan, MD, PhD, Immediate Past Board Chair of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and Director of the Atlanta Vascular Research Foundation; Lisa Levine, of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association; Vince Mosesso, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh; and Eva Serber, PhD, of the Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Brown Medical School. Dr. Serber's presentation focused on "Living and Loving Life after Sudden Cardiac Arrest."


To view workshop presentations, information, click here

To read additional survivor stories, click here. To view survivor videos, click here.

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