CHESTERTON — Chloe Herrold remembers Dec. 2, 2007, prefer it was yesterday.
She was residence when her brother Charlie ushered her downstairs as a result of their father was having a cardiac occasion. Herrold referred to as 911 and dispatchers labored her by way of the steps of CPR.
But she advised the group gathered Friday at the American Heart Association’s Porter County Goes Red Breakfast at Sandcreek County Club that she was solely 16 and she or he had no expertise doing CPR.
“I go over it in my mind, how different it might have been if I knew CPR,” she stated.
Herrold and her mom, Rebecca-Herrold Engstrom, the 2018 Porter County Goes Red Chair and a pulmonary important care practitioner with Porter Regional Hospital, spoke of their ordeal in hopes it might forestall others from struggling the similar loss.
“I share my story, not for myself, to prevent more children from losing parents. If i can prevent this from happening to even one person or one family, it will all be worth it,” Herrold-Engstrom stated.
Their story was however one a part of the the morning’s occasion held to increase consciousness about women’s coronary heart illness.
“We have a very strong women’s cardiac health system in place. We want to bring awareness to women about heart disease,” stated Sean Dardeau, CEO of Porter Regional Hospital, the main sponsor of the occasion.
As a part of the occasion, these attending have been in a position to apply CPR expertise at their tables.
Dr. Marsha King, dean of the University of St. Francis, led the group in hands-only CPR coaching to the tune of “Stayin’ Alive.”
Only 7 % of the populace is aware of CPR, King stated, including that is not sufficient.
Cardiologist Dr. Maya Kommineni stated, whereas strides are being made, coronary heart illness continues to be an epidemic and stays the No. 1 killer of women.
“The American Heart Association is the only one championing this for us,” she stated, including it comes down to prevention and advocacy.
“Survivor’s stories tug at my hear, but I want to hear more primary preventative stories,” Kommineni stated, encouraging women who consider they’ve cardiac issues to discover a physician who will pay attention to them.
“If you can’t find somebody to listen to you, find another and another.”