Stranger's first aid training saved her life, local woman says

Kara Marxer
June 20, 2017 - 7:18 am

Kansas City, MO - An area woman knows very well the value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation - CPR - because her life was saved because a restaurant manager knew what to do. 

Nancy Holland was having dinner with her husband and neighbors at a Kansas City restaurant when she excused herself to go to the ladies room.  She doesn't remember passing out on the bathroom floor, in sudden cardiac arrest. 

Luckily a woman in the restroom called for help, but Nancy's husband and friends didn't realize it was her for several long minutes.

"Our neighbor said 'I think I'm going to go check on Nancy,' and came back to the table, saying 'It's her, there's something wrong,'" Nancy said. "My husband arrived, apparently just in time to see my body pop off the ground with the AED."

The man pushing the button was restaurant manager Richmond Carson. Nancy credits him with saving her life. She says Richmond's mother insisted he take the CPR training.

"I told her, from one mother to another mother, I can never thank you enough," Nancy said. "It gave me the opportunity to continue to raise my two boys."

Nancy and Richmond are still close, celebrating major milestones together.

Each year there are about 100-thousand cardiac events that take place at work.  And that's why Nancy advocates that everyone get trained, so that they can help somone in need wherever they are.

The American Heart Association says more workers need to be trained in CPR and first aid.

A new survey finds that only about a third of employees have been offered CPR training and less than half even know where the automated external defibrillator (AED) machines are at work.

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