A death motivates two Slidell women to offer free CPR lessons

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SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - "You just - you never, never know. You honestly just never know who is going to be there that needs you," said Pamela Deese, administrator at Acorns 2 Oaks in Slidell.

In a terrifying moment, Deese learned her neighbor needed her.

"Her little girl came running across the yard and said that they needed help," said Deese. "Her mom had fell in the garage, and they couldn't get her to wake up or to come to and we went over."

Deese said she hadn't taken a CPR class in years.

"I didn't panic, but it just took me a few seconds to even think because I hadn't kept up with it on how to help," said Deese.

For four minutes, she tried to revive her neighbor. She said she wondered the whole time whether she was performing CPR the right way.

It's a question she doesn't want anyone else to hesitate with. So Deese and CPR Instructor Kathleen Deroo of Deroo Rescue are teaming up to give the only free CPR lessons offered in St. Tammany Parish, according to Deroo.

"It doesn't matter if you're a 3 year old or a 30 year old. Just, what do you do?" said Deese.

According to the American Heart Association, CPR given immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

In Deese's case, the odds weren't in her favor.

"We had a very sad outcome with it. She did not live," said Deese.

However, Deroo explained to a class on Thursday that performing CPR means everything that could be done was done. Deroo told the class when her dad died that even after his boss performed CPR on him, that thought brought immense comfort to her family after the tragedy.

"CPR doesn't always save a life, but it saves a family. It helps a family," said Deroo.

Deese encourages everyone to take a class and to stay up to date on the training. She said, she was surprised she could remember her training from a few years back.

"I was shocked because at first you kind of feel a panic, but then it's like, once you get in there, it did. It all kind of clicked and came back, and I was able to remember a lot of what I had learned," said Deese. "But again, I wish I had a little more confidence in myself."

To learn how to sign up for a free class contact Kathleen Deroo at DerooRescue@yahoo.com or click here to contact Pamela Deese at Acorns 2 Oaks.

Contact New Orleans EMS to learn about free CPR lessons in Orleans Parish.

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