CPR Heroes

We recognize two young boys who saved a baby’s life with CPR techniques they learned from a poster at school.

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April 4th, 2013 by Liberty Mutual Insurance

Here’s a story that might help convince you to take a CPR course – or a refresher. Ethan Wilson, 10, and Rocky Hurt, 9, were tossing a football in front of a Marietta, Ga., mother’s home when her 12-week-old baby suddenly stopped breathing. Susanna Rohm panicked when she wasn’t able to find her cell phone, and ran outside and yelled for someone to call 911.

"I was sitting in the living room with the baby and I noticed that he was off that day. He seemed kind of non-responsive to my smile. Something didn't feel right. At that point I put my finger under his nose and realized he was not breathing," she told Atlanta station 11 Alive

She said she was attempting CPR and splashing water on his face when the boys walked her through reviving the infant. “I told her to push on the baby’s chest 5 to 10 times with only two fingers, tilt back the baby’s head, plug the baby’s nose and breathe into the baby’s mouth,” Rocky told local the news station. Within seconds, the baby was screaming. Paramedics arrived a few moments later.

According to the Today show, the boys learned CPR from posters in the cafeteria at their elementary school. “We just wanted to know just in case it happened,” Ethan said on the morning show, “but we never knew that we’d have to do that.” 

The baby was diagnosed with sleep apnea and is in a doctor’s care, and Rohm credits the boys with saving her baby’s life. “If Rocky hadn't been outside playing right then, I definitely would not have the baby sitting in my lap right now," she said. According to 11 Alive, a bill is pending within Georgia state legislature to require basic CPR training in schools across Georgia. 

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we recognize the importance of preparedness and applaud Ethan and Rocky for taking the initiative to learn how to save a life – and then using their knowledge to help a mother in need. We also recognize the efforts of organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association in providing instructive CPR courses across the nation, and we encourage everyone to look into such resources and take the time to learn this valuable life-saving technique.  

Have you ever had to call on an unexpected skill or piece of knowledge to help someone in need? Let us know.