The Reed family is all too aware of how crucial CPR can be in an emergency situation.
Kason Dube, a 21-month-old, came dangerously close to drowning in December of last year.
Despite how hopeless things seemed, those involved said that the straightforward CPR procedure contributed to what they refer to as a remarkable recovery.
The American Heart Association recommends attending the Heartsaver CPR training tailored to the general public with little or no medical training. A similar course, Pediatric First Aid CPR is also offered for workers or volunteers who handle small children. Those in the medical field, however, are required to get their BLS Certification, ACLS Certification, and PALS Certification.
Kason is an energetic toddler who is rarely calm. His mother began searching for her kid when she observed that things were quieter than usual.
When Kason was nowhere to be located, Crystal sought her mother's and brother Jordan's assistance and broadened the scope of the search on the property.
Jordan claims something led him to recheck the family pond even though he was aware that his sister had already done so.
Jordan fights back tears as she continues, "Then, we drive around to the back side of the pond, and on the back side of the pond, I see Kason's clothes that he was wearing that day."
Kason was lying face down in the water not far from the shore after being overwhelmed by the pond's chilly water.
"I suddenly began yelling bloody murder." for my mother and sister to travel there," Jordan recalls.
Jordan and Kason's mother began CPR as Kason's grandmother dialed 911.
Gabe Shults, one of the paramedics that responded that day.
"That's never enjoyable to hear, particularly when we go outside and discover the child is only two years old. You always want it to be wrong," explains Gabe.
After removing Kason's soaked clothes, he and his team began performing CPR. Kason had a pulse, he claims, after three cycles. He was transported to the ambulance, but Kason's pulse was lost.
Kason would receive CPR while being transported by paramedics to Wesley Medical Center.
"We got a pulse back into the trauma bay with the combination of CPR, drugs, and something bigger than both of us," he recalls.
As medical professionals examined Kason's other organ systems, he would maintain that pulse. They were all working properly.
A few days later, doctors would be shocked by an MRI.
“Dr. There's nothing wrong with the boy's brain, '' Smith said as he entered, says Crystal. We weren't expecting him to do much more than shrug his shoulders.
"Getting that blood moving is important. Frequently, we already have enough oxygen in our blood; all we need to do is get it moving, says Gabe. "Start with compressions if you're the only person on the scene. Push quickly and firmly.
"For this young guy to be here with us today, everything worked out perfectly. I don't know what we would do without him," Jordan says.
In agreement, Crystal says, "Fortunately, everything came together just as it needed to.