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Know CPR? Meet a 10-year-old who wants to teach you

Know CPR? Meet a 10-year-old who wants to teach you
MERIDIAN - 10-year-old Cody Fitzpatrick loves taking lessons at Ultimate Karate and Jiu-Jitsu.

And he has plenty of awards to prove it.

"Yeah, tournaments - I've gone to classes - that's really big!" he said.

But this fifth grader is lucky to be alive.

Five years ago, there was doubt about his survival.

"All I could do was tell them to help him," Jami Fitzpatrick said, about the day she got the emergency call from family.

It was June of 2009, during an afternoon swimming trip.

Cody was discovered at the bottom of a pool.

"And the next time my phone rang, I thought it was because they couldn't find the life jacket," Jami said. "And actually, that was the call that they told me Cody wasn't breathing and that he had drowned."

No one knew what to do.

Not family, not friends.

Except one bystander, who Jami now calls, an angel.

"She jumped right into action," she said. "She didn't hesitate. She directed a family member to call 911, she started CPR, and got the whole thing in progress."

Cody says he's living proof you should know CPR.

"I just think everybody should learn it," he said. "It's because if it weren't for that, I wouldn't have all my friends."

And Jami says she's determined to spread the knowledge, teaching CPR.

"My husband and I felt very compelled to bring these skills to the community because we didn't want anyone else to have to go through what we went through," she said.

Statistics show CPR can double, even triple a person's chances of survival after sudden cardiac arrest.

That's why the American Heart Association has launched the "Hands-Only" CPR campaign using the classic disco song, "Stayin' Alive."

The song has more than 100 beats per minute, which the American Heart Association says is the rate you should push on the chest during CPR.

Cody's story is one of many that will be featured at the American Heart Association's Heart Ball Saturday, February 22nd.

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If you'd like to buy tickets to the ball, go to www.boiseheartball.org.
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