22 Sep FE: The Art of a Good Samaritan
This week I wish to share positive news making the rounds…
CHICAGO — The family of a woman who launched a campaign to meet up with the good Samaritan who helped save her life has gotten their wish.
It was a reunion two weeks in the making after Jammey Kligis collapsed on Labor Day on Michigan Avenue near Chicago’s Art Institute. Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan is the good Samaritan who stepped in to perform CPR.
“I was thinking, ‘If I don’t have anybody, just come, I’m going to teach you at that moment,’ because I know the effectiveness after three minutes, actually two minutes will not be adequate anymore,” Paisansathan said.
Shortly after, the ambulance arrived. As Kligis recovered at a nearby hospital, her family began the search for the good Samaritan who helped save her life. Following a report on WGN-TV, a family member notified Paisansathan.
“I was almost in tears because it gave me so much joy that she survived,” Paisansathan said. “She’s resilient.”
The Kligis family says they will all learn CPR to give back. Ms. Kligis said, “We would be like all of those bystanders who were just at a loss. You call 911 but then what else do you do?”
Dr. Paisansathan added: “Effective CPR, which anyone can do, is a life-saving procedure.”
Learn more about administering CPR and first aid: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr
I learned CPR when I became a lifeguard in high school. Love this story and reminder to renew my CPR training now as well!
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