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Hands for Life Comes to Norwalk this Summer

Free event to train thousands on hands-only CPR

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 15, 2015 At 09:59 PM

Heart disease has been the number one killer in the U.S. for a number of years, but with recent developments to AED and hands-only CPR training, more lives are being saved. 

"The more people who learn how to do this," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "The better the odds are that somebody is going to be in the area when somebody really needs it." 

The Norwalk Department of Recreation and Parks has partnered Norwalk Hospital and local cardiologists and physicians to announce the city's Hands for Life mass training hands-only CPR event taking place this summer, where an expected 5,000 residents will train for 15 minutes alongside experts at Calf Pasture Beach. 

"We were very successful in the events that we've done in Stamford, New Canaan and Darien and wanted to see what we could do here," said cardiologist Dr. Thomas Nero.

Mayor Harry Rilling joined local officials and physicians Wednesday to participate in a demonstration with local cardiologist Dr. Thomas Nero.

"If you send 20 people to this event and you end up with one of those people saving one life, it really was worth it," said Riling. "You can't put a value on a life." 

Studies show every year nearly 785 thousand Americans have a Heart Attack. Nero says because the majority of cardiac arrest victims are adults, it's actually easier than ever for anyone to potentially save the life of a victim without using mouth-to-mouth. 

"Mouth to mouth is usually not necessary for the average adult when they have a cardiac arrest," said Nero. "Children, it's still necessary because will children they will commonly die or arrest because of respiratory issues, so for them you do need to do mouth to mouth, but for the average adult, when you have an arrest, your lungs are full of oxygen, so you have a good eight to ten minutes before you have to give breaths and by that time EMS should arrive."  

The Hands for Life event will take place Saturday, June 20th and is free to the public. Organizers say no sticker will be required to enter Calf Paster Beach on this day. For more information visit: 


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