One dad has to thank his TV watching habitats after saving his daughter's life by administering CPR that he learned through an episode of "The Office."
Matt Uber and his daughter, Vera Posy, were playing a game of tag when the four-year-old suddenly collapsed. Uber sprang into action and used a CPR technique he learned from the TV show "The Office" to save his daughter's life.
On April 25, the father and daughter played tag around the house when suddenly the giggling stopped and Uber heard a thud. He assumed his daughter had just hit her head and fell as she was balled up on the floor.
The Uber family in the hospital. | Photo: Twitter/TODAYshow
However, when he picked her up, her body was limp, her eyes were slightly rolled back, and she was not breathing and looked very pale. The concerned father asked his older daughter to dial 911 while he laid Vera on the floor.
Uber remembered an episode from "The Office" when the staff learned how to perform CPR and were taught to do the chest compression to the tune of the iconic Bee Gee's song, "Stayin' Alive." Uber explained to 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."
Soon after, the paramedics arrived and took over the CPR. They had to use the defibrillator, and on the second shock, Vera responded. Uber's first administration of CPR helped save his daughter's life.
The young girl survived the ordeal, and it was later discovered that she had experienced a cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed condition called calmodulinopathy. The uncommon and life-threatening condition causes arrhythmia in young people.
The little girl started breathing again, and it was all because Jaxson had remembered what Cena had said.
The young girl had to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator which sends a jolt to the heart if it stops. She is the youngest recipient to get the device at Riley’s Children Hospital where she was treated.
Vera's recovery went very well despite the new diagnosis, but she will have to wear the defibrillator forever. Her parents, Uber, and his wife Erin are now encouraging others to learn CPR because:
"If you have a base of CPR and a knowledge of AED… you can change a family’s life, you can change a person’s life, which could change the world."
Uber is not the only person taking what he learned from TV to save a life. A young boy, Jaxson Dempsey, used a CPR technique he learned while watching John Cena on a Nickelodeon show to save his younger sister.
Jaxson and his family were driving when his younger sister Leila started choking on a chicken nugget. He told his dad to pull over, and he used the heel of his hand to hit Leila in between the shoulder blades, dislodging the food.
Jaxson Dempsey discusses saving his sister's life to People. | Photo: People
The little girl started breathing again, and it was all because Jaxson had remembered what Cena had said during an episode of "The Substitute" when he taught a classroom of children CPR on a dummy named Chuck.
Another boy, Tristin Saghin, also saved his little sister after the family found her floating in the pool. He performed CPR on the unresponsive child, a technique he said he learned through watching TV.