Mass. Teachers May Soon Be Required To Know CPR

BOSTON (CBS) – Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are considering legislation that would require all teachers in Massachusetts be trained in CPR.

Joe Quigley of Winthrop, who’s 6-year-old daughter Olivia suffered sudden cardiac arrest at her East Boston school, says if the teacher hadn’t known CPR, his daughter would have died.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

“If the plan had not been in place, my daughter would not have survived,” Quigley told the Legislature’s Education Committee. “The teachers were able to recognize the event. They immediately started CPR on her.”

Quigley spoke in favor of a bill requiring all teachers in the state to be trained in CPR.

The American Heart Association says, every year about 7,000 children suffer sudden cardiac arrest, most often at school.

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