A Mississauga man credits a CPR course he took in September with helping him save his wife when her heart stopped last week.
Brian Andrade said his wife Chantelle Lavallee collapsed on the evening of Nov. 20, immediately after putting their newborn son in his bassinet.
Lavallee started feeling dizzy and then fell back and hit her head on the ground. Andrade started CPR when he realized her airways were constricted and she was turning blue. He stopped only to call 911.
“I told them, ‘Please send somebody. My wife, she’s not breathing,” Andrade said from the Credit Valley Hospital.
When paramedics arrived minutes later, they used a defibrillator to revive Lavallee, who had gone into cardiac arrest.
“The doctor and the paramedics had said if [Andrade] hadn’t reacted and done what he had done, the outcome would not be the way it was, period,” she said.
“I would have been dead.”
Only weeks earlier, when Lavallee was still pregnant, the couple had taken a crash course in infant CPR, which included 10 minutes on techniques for adults.
It was a fundraiser for Jesse Arrigo whose mother used CPR to save him after he fell into a backyard pond in May 2012 when he was 10 months old. He went 55 minutes without oxygen and still needs treatment not covered by OHIP.
“I thank the whole world I took Jesse’s class,” Andrade said. “It was all because of Jesse. He was my inspiration.”