Tristin Saghin was visiting his grandmother in Mesa, Arizona, with his family when his 2-year-old sister was found floating in the backyard pool.
"My grandma came in to look for her toothpaste and said, 'Where's the baby?' And my mom went running outside and there she was floating," Tristin told ABC News affiliate ABC15.
While his mother and grandmother called for help, Tristin performed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on his sister, who was pulled from the pool unconscious and not breathing.
"I just went running outside again, and I did CPR on her," Tristin told ABC15. "I knew what I was doing."
Tristin said that minutes later, his sister started breathing. She is currently recovering in the hospital and, thanks to Tristin, is expected to be fine.
"I couldn't imagine what was going through his mind," said Mesa Fire Department spokesman Capt. Forrest Smith. "Here he is, in a situation where most of us, if we had a family member in that position, as parents we tend to really panic and be concerned. I tell you, we really give kudos out to him."
In Ashford, CT in 2014, Steve Quinto assisted two family members with his emergency care training. 1) Steve’s sister was choking on some food and had started to turn blue. The quick-thinking brother knew exactly what to do and after an abdominal thrust was able to clear the obstruction. 2) A few months later, Steve’s mother suffered a cardiac arrest while he was visiting with her. He performed compression-only CPR on her for 15 minutes without stopping until EMS arrived and they were able to use a defibrillator to bring her back. “They said if he had not done compressions for that long, she would not have made it!
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Off-duty EMS supervisor saves driver by performing CPRThe supervisor was driving home when he noticed a vehicle leave the road near an intersectionToday at 9:42 AM
Bethesda Magazine reported that the Montgomery County EMS supervisor was driving home when he saw another driver leave the road near an intersection. The supervisor stopped his car, got out and called for help. When he saw the driver was in cardiac arrest, he started CPR. When responders got to the scene, they defibrillated the driver, who survived and was transported to a hospital.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Pete Piringer said it was "very fortunate" that the supervisor was on scene.
"It's our responsibility. We're public servants. If we can help and we can do it safely, then we will," Piringer said.