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CPR saves young boy who suffered cardiac arrest

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Katie Chargulaf is beyond thankful to have her son, Dominic, near her after a close call on April 9th.

“We were going to the Millennium Park with some of our friends and he just got out of the stroller, and he was with my husband and a couple of our friends and literally just fell over. My husband picked him up and he wasn’t responding,” said Chargulaf in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Chargulaf said her three-year-old suffered cardiac arrest. She immediately started performing CPR.

“And then the paramedics came. If I didn’t know CPR they told us that he wouldn’t have made it,” said Chargulaf, an Arlington Heights resident.

Dr. Steve Krug who treated Dominic reiterates the importance of CPR – what could be the difference between life and tragedy.

“It’s extremely important. It can make the difference between surviving an acute event or not surviving,” said Krug.

Krug is the Division Head of Emergency Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“Sadly, it’s usually EMS who are very quick to respond but they’re the first folks who actually start CPR and even in the fastest response time and in the best EMS system, it’s frequently already too late,” said Krug.

Katie Chargulaf said she performed CPR on her son for at least five minutes before help arrived.

“The nurse and her husband had come up and started helping us… WE don’t really know how to thank them, I don’t think we could have done it without them,” said Ashley LaFrancois, Katie’s Friend.

The cause of Dominic’s cardiac arrest remains a mystery. He now has a defibrillator implanted in his chest.

“You never think that you have to do CPR on your own kid but I’m glad I know it,” said Chargulaf.

FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis reports the EMS team who responded to the call will be honored by the Chicago Fire Department on Wednesday. To sign up for CPR certification classes check with a nearby hospital – many are free. The training takes less than a couple of hours and could save a life.

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