ARCHDALE, N.C. — A woman saved her own father from dying after performing CPR on him.


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Syndey Kearns performed CPR on her father during what doctors believe was a seizure induced cardiac arrest

Her father spent six days in the ICU and is now recovering

Sydney said everyone should get CPR certified because you never know when you can save a loved ones life


At around 4 a.m. on December 9, 2021, 21-year-old Sydney Kearns woke up to the sound of her mother screaming and crying for help. When Sydney ran to see what was wrong, her father, Steve Kearns' eyes were rolled in the back of his head and he was making strange noises.

After calling 911, Sydney performed CPR on her dying father until the paramedics arrived. According to her family, if it weren't for Sydney, her father would not be here today.

 “I encourage everyone to get CPR certified. I never thought it was that serious until I actually had to do it on my dad, and you may have to do it on a loved one or you may have to save a loved ones life and you never really know," Sydney Kearns said.

Sydney's father was at the ICU at High Point Regional for six days and had a defibrillator and pacemaker put in. Sydney says she only just recently learned CPR at her nursing school and hopes this story will encourage others to get certified.

What happened to her father is not rare. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 8% of cardiac arrests occur at home, and many of the victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors. 

The family has a GoFundme set up for Steve and his medical bills. If you'd like to help, you can click here.

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