FLORENCE, Ore. - Danielle Hanson was just enjoying a day at the beach with her 3-year-old last Saturday when someone started yelling for help.
“My son and I were playing out on the beach," said Hanson at Western Lane Ambulance in Florence on Thursday. "And we heard someone yell, does anyone know CPR, so thought to myself, that’s me."
Hanson, a paramedic but off duty at the time, ran over to the aid of 84-year-old Elton Knutson.
She was in the right place at the right time.
Knutson was walking on the beach with his daughter Kirsten Barlow when he went into cardiac arrest near Driftwood Shores.
Barlow told KVAL News her father was not breathing when Hanson arrived at his aid.
Hanson immediately started a new hands-only form of CPR called cardio cerebral resuscitation, or CCR.
Hanson said starting CCR early may have saved Knutson's life.
"We've been on patients where they've only been down three minutes, but when no one has done CPR, there's almost no chance that we can bring them back," said Hanson, a paramedic with Western Lane Ambulance. "So if no one was there to do CPR, I don't think this man would have survived."
Knutson lived. He's now at the hospital awaiting open heart surgery.
Knutson's daughter told KVAL News that the family is grateful for Hanson's quick actions on the beach last weekend. She said Knutson would likely not be alive today with Hanson's help.
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