Cardiopulmonary resuscitation saved Kathy Hansen’s life a year ago.
With February designated as American Heart Month, Hansen and her husband, Paul, want people to know the importance of learning CPR.
Paul and Kathy Hansen returned to their Forest Haven home after a family dinner in Green Bay in January 2016. He was sitting next to her while they chatted and snacked on chips.
Then “I realized she wasn’t talking,” Paul said.
Kathy’s head was slumped to the side, her breathing was labored and she was gurgling. He called 911.
“I told them what was happening,” Paul said. “They told me to start CPR.”
Paul had been trained in CPR at the Little Rapids Corporation paper mill in 1982.
“I still understood the concept,” he said. “I remembered telling myself to hold it together. I understood what needed to be done.”