A fast-thinking Indiana man with no medical coaching reportedly helped save his 4-year-old daughter with CPR — thanks to a memorable episode of “The Office.”
When Matt Uber, 46, discovered his daughter Vera Posy collapsed, his internal Michael Scott kicked in and he instantly carried out chest compressions and breaths till first responders arrived, according to NBC’s “Today.”
“When I was trying to think about what do I know about CPR, (my mind literally went) to that episode of ‘The Office,’ where they are doing CPR training and doing the compressions to the beat of ‘Stayin’ Alive,’” the dad from Carmel advised the present.
“It’s just what kicks in, what’s in your head, and that’s fortunate,” he added.
In a two-part episode of “The Office” referred to as “Stress Relief” that aired in 2009, Scott, performed by Steve Carell, arranges for a CPR class after Stanley Hudson suffers a coronary heart assault.
“A good trick is to pump to the tune of ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees. Do you know that song?” the coach asks the Dunder Mifflin workers.
“Yes, yes I do. I love that song. ‘First I was afraid, I was petrified …,” Scott sings, mistakenly beginning to sing the Gloria Gaynor traditional “I Will Survive.”
“No, it’s–Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive,” the coach interrupts as she instructs the paper firm characters.
Uber and his spouse, Erin, recounted their daughter’s emergency to assist others perceive the significance of CPR.
“If you have a base of CPR and a knowledge of AED (automated external defibrillator) … you can change a family’s life, you can change a person’s life, which could change the world,” Uber stated on “Today.”
The horrifying incident occurred on April 25, when Uber and Vera performed tag earlier than he stated he “heard a thud.”
“She was just balled up against the corner. My natural assumption was that she had tripped and fallen and hit her head,” Uber stated. “When I picked her up off the ground, she was just limp, her eyes were kind of rolled back.”
Uber yelled at his older daughter Nora to name 911 as he positioned the 4-year-old flat on the ground.
“I observed that she was not breathing and she was turning pale,” he stated.
When he recalled the CPR episode from “The Office,” he positioned his arms in the proper spot and commenced compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco traditional.
“I remembered to lift her neck and make sure that she wasn’t choking or having a seizure,” Uber stated. “I was panicked and it was chaotic. In the meantime, the wonderful 911 operator got on and talked me through the process.”
When paramedics arrived, they took over with CPR and used the defibrillator.
“On the second delivery of shock, she responded and we heard her little cry,” the dad stated.
Uber’s spouse advised “Today” that he “had felt some guilt — was he able to deliver CPR appropriately? — and he got lots of attention about being a hero.”
She added: “Until he knew that it was delivered appropriately and adequately, he could not really rest.”
When Vera arrived at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, the medical doctors wanted to discover out why the wholesome 4-year-old skilled cardiac arrest.
“There was never any indication of any issues, let alone serious cardiac issues,” Uber stated. “I didn’t have any suspicion that we were dealing with a condition that led to have having cardiac arrest. I assumed it was something to do with her hitting her head.”
It was found that the lady had a light case of cardio ventricular non-compaction, a muscular situation during which the left ventricle doesn’t kind appropriately – however the medical doctors didn’t consider this muscular abnormality brought about he cardiac arrest.
“They were a bit perplexed by her symptoms,” Uber stated. “We’d hear one thing and then be praying about answers for that and the next morning there would be a new piece of data.”
After a battery of assessments, the dad and mom had been advised Vera had calmodulinopathy, a uncommon, life-threatening situation that causes arrhythmia in children.
Doctors really helpful becoming her with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a tool that jolts the guts if it stops.
“She’s the youngest ICD placement at Riley’s Children Hospital,” Erin advised “Today.”
“While we are hopeful of course that she is safe and protected forever, we also have a mission or a commitment, both, (to learn) rudimentary CPR — YouTube it — or to go through a formal training because, quite honestly, there may be a time that our baby will need it,” she added.
The younger survivor has no reminiscence of the scary incident.
“She is feeling normal, acting normal, happy, causing trouble like every 4-year-old should,” Uber stated.
Erin stated: “As far as her device goes, she’ll say occasionally, ‘Mom, I sure wish I didn’t have this power pack,’ which is what we’re calling it.”
She added: “We know that every second, every moment that CPR was not initiated, it increased her risk of neurological damage or non-survival. Don’t hold back on learning CPR.”