Boys, 9 and 10, show mom how to perform CPR and help save infant

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News – Click HERE for video of story.

A Georgia mother says her infant son is alive today because of two neighborhood boys, ages 9 and 10, who showed her how to perform CPR when the 12-week-old baby suddenly stopped breathing.

Susanna Rohm, who lives in Marietta, told NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta she noticed something was “off” about her young son, Isaiah, on the frightening day last week. The boy had stopped responding to her and gone limp; when Rohm put her finger under his nose, she realized he wasn’t breathing.

She ran outside and yelled for someone to call 911, and two boys who were playing football, 9-year-old Rocky Hurt and 10-year-old Ethan Wilson, rushed to help her. Rohm says she was panicking, splashing water on the baby’s face and trying to do CPR.

The boys stopped her.

“I told her to push on the baby’s chest five to 10 times with only two fingers, tilt back the baby’s head, plug the baby’s nose and breathe into the baby’s mouth,” Rocky told WXIA.

Rohm says the boy said it so confidently that she listened to him right away. Within seconds, the baby began screaming.

“I told her that’s a good sign because the baby’s breathing,” Rocky said.

Paramedics arrived a short time later. Rohm told another Atlanta TV station, WAGA, that the baby spent two nights in the hospital, was diagnosed with sleep apnea and is being watched by doctors.

According to WAGA, the scare happened last Monday.

Rohm said she had never met the boys before, who live near her in Marietta, which is outside of Atlanta.

The boys say they learned CPR from posters in the cafeteria at their school, Sedalia Park Elementary.

“We just wanted to know just in case it happened,” Ethan said, “but we never knew that we’d have to do that.”

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Red Cross Responds to Southern Spring Storms and Rising Red River in North Dakota

Red Cross Disaster efforts span 13 states in just the past week

Dempsey Brady and his family gathered in the hallway as the storms from Monday night ripped through the Ellisville, MS area. They were safely in the hallway when the storm tore the roof off of their home. They were very thankful for the Red Cross visiting with them to meet their immediate emergency needs.

Today, the American Red Cross is responding across the South after severe spring storms affected hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. At the same time, Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in North Dakota and Minnesota as the Red River continues to rise. In fact, since late March, the Red Cross has played a role in 14 disaster events in 13 states across the nation.

“Red Cross workers are helping people across the South whose homes were damaged by the recent storms, or who have no power to stay warm or cook meals for their family,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “At the same time we have trained workers and relief supplies in place in North Dakota and Minnesota, supporting the local volunteers who are fighting to protect their neighborhoods from the rising Red River.”

Wild spring storms damaged homes, downed trees and cut out power overnight in many areas of the South. Red Cross chapters opened shelters to offer people a safe place to stay and deployed disaster teams and response vehicles throughout the damaged communities. Red Cross workers are feeding emergency responders and people affected by the storms, and distributing items to help residents clean up the storm damage.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has set up headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota to provide meals and mental emotional support as the Red River threatens to overflow its banks. More than 50 Red Cross disaster workers are either on the ground already, or en route to the Red River Valley. Ten Red Cross emergency vehicles have been deployed to the area to help with mobile feeding and distribution of clean-up items and basic necessities like toothbrushes and soap. The Red Cross has already served more than 157,000 meals in support of sandbagging efforts.

April’s severe weather has kept Red Cross disaster workers busy. This latest disaster response comes on the heels of the Red Cross assisting people in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Texas where wildfires burned thousands of acres, destroyed homes and forced people to evacuate from their neighborhoods. The Red Cross opened shelters for those who had to leave their homes and provided food and refreshments for emergency responders.

Red Cross disaster workers were also on the scene in Florida after tornadoes, thunderstorms, high winds and flooding damaged homes and left thousands without power. Red Cross chapters throughout the state responded, opening shelters, providing food and drinks for emergency responders, and deploying emergency vehicles to distribute clean-up items to those affected by the storms.

The American Red Cross responds to as many as 200 disasters a day in the United States. This assistance helps people affected by larger emergencies such as the severe weather occurring across the country, or a family whose home is destroyed by fire. The Red Cross also continues to help the people of Japan and support the residents of Haiti. If you would like to help, you can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999. You can also mail your contribution to your local chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.       

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Sends Local Volunteer to help with Devastating Floods In Georgia

Red Cross volunteer Hope Koestner speaks with Alfred Hyams at a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Red Cross volunteer Hope Koestner speaks with Alfred Hyams at a Red Cross shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Green Bay, WI –The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched Disaster Volunteer, Hope Koestner, LPN of Green Bay, WI to Atlanta, GA to assist with the 2009 Georgia Floods.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Koestner will be flying out Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00am to Atlanta, GA. She will be assisting in the area of Health Services. Koestner will be using her skills as a licensed health care professional to assess  people’s health affected by the floods. If someone needs additional medical assistance that the shelter can not provide then they would be taken to a medical facility to get the care they need.

This is Koestner’s sixth national relief operation. She assisted in 2005 for Hurricane Wilma, in 2008 she assisted for a tornado in Georgia, flooding and a tornado in Iowa and her last assignment was for Hurricane Gustav.

Overview:
On September 21st, the State of Georgia was hit by severe weather systems which lead to flooding in many of the counties located in Metro Atlanta as well as several counties in the northern part of the state. The severe flooding had an immediate impact and resulted in numerous power outages, road closures, uninhabitable homes and school district closings. In addition, nine fatalities have been linked to the flooding since September 21st.

American Red Cross Response Efforts:

More than 600 Red Cross volunteers are providing stability and hope for families in this time of chaos.  Through mobile outreach into flood-affected areas, Red Cross caseworkers are connecting one-on-one with people in need and providing financial assistance for food, clothing, shelter, and health-related concerns.  Red Cross Emergency Vehicles are providing mobile feeding and distributing clean-up supplies in flood-ravaged neighborhoods.

As of September 28, the Red Cross has sheltered nearly 500 people (1,643 overnight stays), served 12,715 meals and 11,495 snacks, and distributed 2,045 clean-up and comfort kits. Volunteers are also helping with emergency medical needs and providing emotional support and counseling to those traumatized by the events surrounding them.  The Red Cross is working with its local partners to connect those in need with the available community resources.

Preliminary damage assessment reports indicate that 1,939 homes (459 destroyed; 517 with major damage) have been affected by flooding in 20 counties.

Help people affected by disasters like the current floods by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.