After her son nearly drowned in a swimming pool in 2011, 41-year-old Laura Metro has made it her mission to teach people CPR. Her son, who was three at the time, was saved by a family friend who performed what CPR he knew on him.
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"He wasn't breathing," Metro recalled to ABC News, and added that even though he’s fully recovered from that traumatic event, she still listens for his breath every night when she puts him to sleep.
Inspired by her son’s near-death experience and her friend’s quick response, Metro began hosting “CPR Parties” complete with instruction, fingers food and music, as a way to teach members of her Maryland community the life-saving technique. To date, she’s reached more than 1,000 people through 150 CPR parties.
Metro told ABC News that teaching CPR began as a way for her to cope. Now she says it represents empowerment.
"It really means giving you the skills to be able to save the lives of the people that you love," she added. "It's really empowering you in those situations where you will feel the most helpless you've ever felt in your life, but just giving people those skills so they know how to handle that scenario."
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According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children under the age of 14 in the United States. Drowning is most likely to occur in the summer, as kids and teens turn to swimming to stay cool. Metro believes that everyone should feel comfortable enough with CPR to be able to step in an emergency, and we couldn’t agree more. It just may save someone’s life.