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Botsford Hospital Nurse Saves Life of Son’s Best Friend

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 2, 2010)---Knowing CPR, a person may never have a chance to save another’s life out in the community. This was not the case for Livonia resident Kelly Zimmerman, an RN who works in Botsford Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit and the Newborn Nursery. Her lifesaving training allowed her to save her young son’s best friend in June. Another quick-thinking adult dove in and brought up the boy who was floating lifeless at the deep-end bottom of a built-in pool where a play date for a group of eight boys, aged 9 and 10, was in full swing. Zimmerman immediately performed rescue breathing and chest compressions. By the time EMS personnel arrived, Zimmerman had him stabilized although EMS stayed until the boy’s mother arrived. She said the boy’s mother and twin brother just kept hugging and thanking her. Zimmerman’s son, Christian, wanted to know how his mama knew how to do that. 
Children drown quickly and silently—in a matter of seconds. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children nationwide. Rescued drowning victims need CPR immediately—before the paramedics arrive to help prevent long-term disabilities, including memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning. A child who's underwater will lose consciousness after two minutes and suffer irreversible brain damage within four to six minutes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: 
· In 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging 10 deaths per day. 
· More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. 
· For every child who dies from drowning, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. 
Zimmerman saw the boy again three days after the event. He was playing basketball in the driveway. He admitted that his chest hurt a little from the compressions, but obviously not enough to stop him from shooting hoops with his buddies. 
You never know if you’ll get a chance to be a hero, but wouldn’t you like to be prepared? Life Support Training Institute, another Botsford Health Care organization, is one of the largest American Heart Association training centers in Michigan. Among its classes are CPR, ACLS and AED, which are offered at many locations. For more information: 1-866-FOR-LSTI (367-5784) or

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