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New Jersey Teen Uses CPR to Revive Elderly Man

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DENVILLE, N.J.) -- A 16-year-old New Jersey girl received a very grown-up honor this week for reviving an elderly man who suffered a heart attack in a bowling alley.

Christa Fairclough of Denville sprang into action on Dec. 9 when she saw a 75-year-old man curled on the floor in a fetal position, according to The Star-Ledger.

“I just saw nobody else was doing anything,” she told the paper.  “It was like I was the only one that noticed.”

Fairclough had recently learned CPR in a health class but didn’t receive her certificate because her hair had interfered with her ability to see the rise and fall of the mannequin’s chest.

She worried she would forget what she had learned, but that evening in the bowling alley it all came back. The man’s pulse returned after about five minutes of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.

The man later died, but his family told Fairclough they were very grateful to her.

While the proper sequence of steps and number of breaths and chest compressions can be difficult to remember, a recent study found that young people are very capable of learning and retaining the basics of CPR.

ABC News’ partner MedPage Today reported that Austrian researchers reviewed data on 147 young people between the ages of 9 and 18 who had six hours of CPR training in 2006.  About 86 percent of them performed CPR correctly, but smaller students weren’t as able to compress the chest to the appropriate depth and delivered less air during the mouth-to-mouth portion.

The researchers also reported that the ability to remember the basics of CPR were “remarkably similar, if not better, than that reported in adults.”

In response to the research, Dr. Benjamin Abella of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Resuscitation Science said educating children about CPR could  be very valuable.

“We always tend to give kids too little credit regarding how much they can understand and process about serious adult issues,” he said. “Choosing the age for training is important, but teenagers are certainly eager and willing students for practical and important life training such as CPR.”

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CPR Marathon: More Than Two Dozen Responders Resuscitate Neighbor for 96 Minutes

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(GOODHUE, Minn.) -- It's not very often Dr. Roger White uses the word "amazing." But when more than 20 first responders tirelessly performed CPR on a dying man for more than an hour and a half -- and saved his life -- the co-director of the Mayo Clinic's emergency transport team said it was nothing less than remarkable.

In the tiny, remote town of Goodhue, Minn., where the population is less than 1,000, Howard Snitzer, 54, was heading to buy groceries at Don's Foods when he crumpled to the sidewalk, suffering a massive heart attack.

While the grocery clerk called 911, the only customer in the store, an off-duty corrections officer, rushed to Snitzer's side and began what could be the longest, successful out-of-hospital resuscitation ever. Across the street, Roy and Al Lodermeier, of Roy and Al's Auto Service, heard the commotion and hurried over and started CPR on Snitzer.

As news spread, the numbers grew. The team of first responders in Goodhue is made up entirely of volunteers. In total, about two dozen pairs of hands worked to the point of exhaustion to save Snitzer's life in a CPR marathon.  The emergency volunteers took turns performing CPR on Snitzer for a marathon 96 minutes until paramedics arrived via helicopter.

Mary Svoboda, a Mayo Clinic flight nurse who flew in on the emergency helicopter, said "it was unbelievable. There were probably 20 in line, waiting their turn to do CPR. They just kept cycling through."

To restore a normal heartbeat, first responders shocked Snitzer's heart 12 times and administered intravenous drugs. When they finally felt a pulse, Snitzer was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic. After 10 days, he was released from the hospital -- miraculously healthy, and incredibly grateful.

"My heart wasn't pumping anything, so the only thing that was pumping my blood was those guys doing CPR," he said.

Snitzer, a relatively new addition to Goodhue, reunited with those who worked to save his life on Tuesday at the town's fire station.

"I think it's the quality of the person," he said. "We're in small-town America, hard-working people. I happened to have a king-size heart attack in the right place and the right time, and these guys would not give up."

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