Nurse's Heroic CPR Reverses Teenager's Fateful Heart Attack

Nurse's Heroic CPR Reverses Teenager's Fateful Heart Attack
Nurse's Heroic CPR Reverses Teenager's Fateful Heart Attack

A Nurse's Timely Intervention Saves a Teenager's Life

On a fateful day, 17-year-old Brayden Urland collapsed in Bountiful, Utah, after experiencing a sudden heart attack. As fate would have it, Tiffany Bears, a nurse from McKay-Dee Hospital, was driving by and witnessed the incident.

Driven by a sense of urgency, Bears immediately turned her car around and found Brayden lying unresponsive on the ground. Recognizing the critical situation, she promptly initiated CPR and sustained compressions until first responders arrived.

Brayden's father, James Urland, expressed his immense gratitude for Bears' intervention. "She was there at the right place at the right time," he said. "Her quick actions saved my son's life."

The Underlying Condition: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

After the incident, Brayden was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition characterized by an abnormally thickened heart muscle. This thickening can impair the heart's ability to pump blood effectively.

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be asymptomatic in some individuals, while others may experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting.

The Importance of CPR

James Urland emphasized the significance of CPR certification, urging people to sign up for courses. "You never know when you'll need it," he said. "It's a skill that could save someone's life."

Bears concur

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