CPR can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency as the Reed family knows all too well.
KSN first told you about the near-drowning death of 21-month-old Kason Dube last December.
As dire as the situation appeared, those involved say the simple process of CPR played a role in what they call a miraculous recovery.
Kason is a typical toddler, high energy and rarely quiet.
So when his mom Crystal noticed things were quieter than normal, she started looking for her son.
When Kason couldn’t be found, Crystal enlisted the help of her mom and her brother Jordan and expanded the search farther out on the property.
Already knowing his sister had checked the family’s pond, Jordan says something told him to check again.
“Then, we drive around to the back side of the pond ,and on the back side of the pond ,I see Kason’s outfit he was wearing that day,” says Jordan, holding back tears.
Kason had been overtaken by the cold water of the family pond and was face down in the water close to shore.
“I just started screaming bloody murder. for my mom and sister to come over there,” remembers Jordan.
Kason’s grandma called 911 and Jordan and Kason’s mom started CPR.
“I’m trained in CPR, but when it’s your own child, it’s different and you know it’s a dummy in a CPR class it’s not your child,” explains Crystal.
Gabe Shults was one of the paramedics who responded that day.
“That’s never a fun one to hear especially when we get out and see it’s less than a two year old. You always hope it’s wrong,” says Gabe.
He and his crew got Kason out of his wet clothes and continued CPR.
After three cycles, he says Kason had a pulse.
They moved him to the ambulance but lost Kason’s pulse.
Paramedics would perform CPR on Kason all the way to Wesley Medical Center.
“With the combination of CPR, medicines and something bigger than both of us we got a pulse back into the trauma bay,” he remembers.
Kason would keep that pulse as doctors checked his other organ systems. They were all functioning.
But what about Kason’s brain. An MRI a few days later would stun doctors.
“Dr. Smith came in and he goes, I can’t explain it – there’s nothing wrong with that boy’s brain,” says Crystal. “He just shrugged his shoulders and that’s not what they we were expecting.”
“The big thing is getting that blood circulating. A lot of times we have enough oxygen sitting on our blood, we just need to get it circulating,” explains Gabe. “If you’re there by yourself, first on the scene, start with compressions. Push hard and push fast.”
“It worked out perfectly for this little boy to be here with us today. Without him, I don’t know what we would do,” says Jordan.
Crystal agrees, saying “It worked out exactly like it needed to unfortunately but everything orchestrated itself.