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When Seconds Matter: CPR Saves a Life During an Otherwise Everyday Shopping Trip

It was a normal, quiet Sunday afternoon. Paul Minton had been to church and filled his car with gas, and he was in his way to meet his son for lunch when he opted to stop into Target for a few quick items. He recalls walking into the store… and then nothing. The rest of the day is gone, because Minton had collapsed in cardiac arrest. The events of that day, and his life, were suddenly in the hands of strangers.

“I don’t recall anything about the incident. But what I’m told is that I walked in and – as soon as I had crossed through the doors – I fell over. No warning or call for help; I just collapsed,” shares Minton. “People nearby circled around, but no one knew how to help. That’s when Riley jumped in and saved my life.”

Riley Hinman was a 16-year old who had happened to stop into Target for a quick errand. Fortunately for Paul, Riley had recently learned Hands-Only CPR in a babysitting class and knew what to do. She had a bystander call 9-1-1 and the store manager use the intercom system to radio for additional CPR help as she started chest compressions. As she worked, a fellow shopper ran to the scene—Dr. Tiffany Elliott, an emergency room trauma physician who had heard the manager’s call. Together, they worked to keep oxygenated blood circulating to Paul’s vital organs until first responders arrived.

Since the incident and his full recovery, Minton hasn’t […]

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments