(note: the following was written by Donna Webb, volunteer coordinator from our High Desert location)
Full time health and safety instructor Cynthia Estrada teaches bilingual CPR and First Aid classes. When she would teach her classes she would also bring her son along, now 6 year old Omar Estrada. She would use him as an example when explaining the process of how to save the life of a choking child.
Omar always liked participating and had fun doing so, but as he continued to attend the classes with his mom, he grew a new interest for these classes. He began to catch along and learned how to perform CPR. He took interest in what his mom was teaching at the young age of 4.
Now, Omar takes pride into what he has learned and practices CPR on his toys. He is an active Red Cross volunteer and participates in all the events and programs that the Red Cross organizes or attends. He is a bright child, and there are many other children who are not aware of what to do if they encounter a situation where another young child is choking or needs CPR.
If you would like to take the time to show your child how he/she can possibly save a life, here are 4 simple steps:
- If parent is present, call them, stand back and let the parent handle the situation.
- If no parent is present, call 911 immediately.
- If the victim has collapsed, the child should tilt the victim’s head, to open an airway.
- Check for breathing and wait for help to arrive.