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December 6, 2011 > Wis. girls use CPR seen on TV to save mom's life

Wis. girls use CPR seen on TV to save mom's life

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP), Dec 02 - Two girls saved a Sheboygan mother's life by using CPR that one of them learned from watching the medical TV drama ``Grey's Anatomy.''

Kandace Seyferth, 36, was having trouble breathing and went upstairs to get her inhaler for a severe asthma attack, but collapsed and was unable to breath when she got back down to the bottom of the stairs Nov. 25.

Her 10-year-old daughter Madisyn Kestell called 911 and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while her 12-year-old friend, Katelynn Vreeke, pounded on her chest.

``Me and my mom watch the show every Thursday, and I learned it from there,'' Kestell said.

The Sheboygan Press reports (http://shebpr.es/smykbs) that about four minutes later fire department personnel arrived to take her to a hospital.

``They (the firefighters and paramedics) pretty much said if Maddie didn't do - remain calm and call 911 and do what she did - I wouldn't even be here to talk about it,'' Seyferth said.

Seyferth, who had been hospitalized earlier in the year for a severe case of pneumonia, developed asthma because of some lung damage due to her illness.

Fire Chief Jeff Hermann says the girls did what they were supposed to do and should be commended for their actions.

Seyferth said she is thankful her daughter acted so quickly.

``You have no idea how proud I am,'' she said. ``I can't believe it. I'm in shock.''

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Information from: The Sheboygan Press, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

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