Mother saves son using CPR: 'I thought he was gone'

Mother kicks down bathroom door, starts CPR on 11-year-old son - Image courtesy Lindsay Emigh.

Lindsay Emigh was certified in CPR seven years ago.

She hadn't used it until recently, when her usually active and fun 11-year-old son, Gaige, had a grand mal seizure. He had no history of seizures.

Emigh woke up to a noise she thought was her pets, but when she got near the bathroom, she sensed something wasn't right.

“That is the worst feeling for a mother - when you can’t get to your kid, when I felt that the door was locked I felt complete panic,” Lindsay Emigh said. “Then I just started banging on the door, I was in panic mode. I just started kicking it as hard as I could."

Finally she broke down the door.

“When we went in the bathroom and opened the curtain he was blue and his body was lifeless. I thought he was gone,” Emigh said.

“I ripped him out of there and started doing chest compressions,” Emigh said “I remember in CPR them saying more chest compressions than mouth-to-mouth.”

According to the American Heart Association, Emigh was right. Chest compressions are the most effective way of saving someone’s life.

After what Emigh describes as a lifetime, she said she, "saw the goosebumps on his body and he started breathing and it was like the best feeling ever."

Anyone can get certified in CPR. The Red Cross and local fire departments have classes available.

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