A sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time, anywhere. When it does, having someone on hand to administer CPR can make all the difference. One Cincinnati family experienced this firsthand when 12-year old Jalen Ventus was on vacation in Disney World. Jalen went underwater and didn’t come back up. Thankfully, his 22-year old brother rescued him and administered CPR. Jalen was then flown to a nearby hospital to be further treated.
While he is still recovering from the incident, his story highlights how crucial CPR can be to saving someone’s life. No one can predict when sudden cardiac arrest can happen—and if you are trained and there to administer CPR, you could save a life. Combined use of CPR and AED within minutes of cardiac arrest can increase a victim’s chance of survival by up to 80 percent. Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
As part of our commitment to public safety, GCADA celebrates National CPR and AED Awareness Week every year during the first week of June by producing a Public Service Announcement to encourage members of our community to receive training. Cincinnati are dealers also donate CPR and AED training equipment to local nonprofits who provide this lifesaving training in the community—to date they have donated over $30,000 worth of equipment to fire stations, hospitals, schools, and more.
If it weren’t for his brother’s heroic actions, Jalen Ventus may not be here today. Being trained in CPR is one of the most important things you can do. You never know if whose life you could save!