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Mother Performs CPR To Save Her Son

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.- An Illinois family learned the importance of knowing CPR first hand, after their 3-year-old son went unconscious in a park without warning.

Now, the family is urging everyone to learn CPR.

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. Katie explained. "My husband picked him up and he wasn't responding."

Katie says her 3-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 make it." Katie said.

Dr. Steve Krug, who treated Dominic reiterates the importance of CPR, and how it could be the difference between life and tragedy.

"How important is it for parents to learn and know CPR? It's extremely important. It can make the difference between surviving an acute event or not surviving." Dr. Krug explains.

Katie Chargulaf says she performed CPR on her son for at least 5 minutes before help arrived.

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." Katie said.

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