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CPR Training is mandatory for sixth graders at Cobb Middle School in Frisco, Texas, but 12-year-old Aerin Thomas never expected that she would need the skill only three months after having learned it.
When her father, Joe, suddenly had trouble breathing and passed out, suffering from a heart attack, Aerin called 911 in a panic while her mother attempted CPR to keep him alive long enough for the paramedics to arrive.
Suddenly, Aerin yelled to her mother, “You’re not doing it right” and took over! Though she was very scared, she performed CPR on her dad for a full five minutes (though it felt like much longer!) until emergency services arrived, saving his life.
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The coach who taught her how to perform CPR, Cathy Barton, also weighed in on what happened. She is about to retire, and feels so proud and thankful that the lessons she taught helped one of her students to save a life. What a great retirement gift!
Thanks to his daughter, Joe is on the route towards recovery, and has since offered the simple advice to “never take a day for granted.” He’s so lucky to have another chance at life, and is especially lucky to have a daughter as smart and brave as Aerin!
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