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CPR saves Bakersfield woman's life

CPR saves Bakersfield woman's life
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A woman took matters into her own hands and performed CPR when she noticed another woman was not breathing and clearly in need of help.

LaVita Coleman first noticed Dyanna McAuley appearing lifeless in the middle of an aisle at a Bakersfield Kmart on June 21.

McAuley unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest after having chest pains while shopping. That’s when Coleman took action and put her previous CPR training to use.

“I got down on her and tilted her head back to see if she was breathing, and she wasn't breathing, so I started CPR, doing the compressions, giving her my breath. It didn't work. I kept going, and I breathed in her again. She exhaled, and I kept going," said Coleman.

McAuley said when Coleman found her, she was already blue and foaming at the mouth.

“I was told over and over that if it wasn't for her, I would have died,” said McAuley. “She’s my superhero.”

Paramedics arrived soon after Coleman was able to get a breath out of McAuley.

“They ended up having to shock her like four times in the store,” said Coleman. “They ran out the door. They ended up shocking her another eight times while she was in the parking lot.”

She was then transported to a hospital for more treatment.

Coleman found out which hospital McAuley was being treated at and made sure to check on her. She said she was relieved when she saw that McAuley was alive and well.

McAuley and her family from around California and Nevada got together at a local restaurant in Bakersfield for a reunion with Coleman on Saturday.

“She's a hero to us. We wanted to let her know that,” said McAuley’s sister, Dayna Foxley. “But, the importance of CPR, because without that knowledge my sister would not be here today.”

McAuley’s family greeted Coleman with hugs and tears of joy as they thanked her for saving the life of one of their family members.

Coleman said she’s not a hero, she was just doing the right thing.

“Just grateful,” said Coleman. “Just grateful that I was able to be in the right place at the right time.”

McAuley said Coleman is now the newest addition to her family.

“She doesn't really realize what she signed up for, I don't think. She's going to be tied to this nutty family for a while,” said McAuley.

Both women would like to remind the public of the importance of CPR training. For more information, contact Kern CPR at (661) 858-4869.
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