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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

YOUR TURN: The importance of CPR training

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

If you don't think it's important to get CPR training, then you haven't met Kyle McCammon. Kyle, who's 12 years old, had a brush with death last weekend when he was hit in the chest with a baseball.

The freak injury caused by the impact of the ball is very rare, but it is also very deadly. More than 80 per cent of the people who suffer this injury are killed by it. Doctors say those who are spared are the ones who receive CPR or have the benefit of an external defibrillator almost immediately.

Kyle was lucky that three nurses, including his mom, were watching his baseball game and came quickly to his rescue. 

Of course, the reason to learn CPR is not just to combat the rare injury that Kyle had. Hundreds of people in our country die every day from sudden cardiac arrest. Most of these cardiac events happen at home, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Courses are offered by the Red Cross and many other organizations.

Kyle's mom hopes more people will sign up for CPR training and so do I.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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