Young Brothers Ages 7 and 10 Save Grandmother's Life by Performing CPR

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Keeping calm under pressure is a challenge even for the best of us. And for two young children, it is nothing short of remarkable.

Patti Chatterson’s young grandsons showed that not only are they two smart little boys, but they know exactly what to do in an emergency.

As Chatterson and the young boys sat down for a movie night one evening, the 62-year-old woman’s heart stopped beating, according to Inside Edition. She had just had dinner with the boys and was relaxing in her recliner when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

One of the boys, Grayson Wu, turned to ask his grandmother a question. When she didn’t respond, he knew something was not quite right.

“Apparently, my head had flipped back and my mouth was hanging open and I was making gurgling sounds,” Chatterson told Inside Edition.

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Both Grayson, 7, and Kian, 10, acted quickly when they realized that something was seriously wrong with their grandmother. They called their mother, but when she didn’t answer, they called 911 for help.

Grayson dialed 911 and handed the phone to his big brother Kian to talk to the dispatcher. Grayson checked his grandmother’s pulse and checked her nose to see if she was breathing. When he felt no air coming out, the boys relied on the 911 dispatcher to tell them what to do next.

The dispatcher directed the boys to get their grandmother flat on the ground. The boys worked as a team as young Kian performed chest compressions while Grayson performed mouth-to-mouth to resuscitate the woman.

Thankfully, paramedics arrived seven minutes later.

“I had to be defibrillated four times,” Chatterson told Inside Edition. “Your heart stops and that’s that. Unless you get CPR or defibrillated, you’re dead.”

While Chatterson doesn’t remember any of the events leading up to or following the event, both of the boys did the unimaginable to save her life.

Chatterson didn’t wake up for four days after the incident. She was in the hospital on life support, but was told how her young grandsons had called 911 and performed CPR to save her.

“They kept their cool so incredibly well,” Chatterson, who is a nurse, told Inside Edition.

The boys learned these life-saving measures from their mother, who is also a nurse. She had recently taught her sons how to perform CPR during a crisis when their curiosity about the maneuver arose.

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“They did fabulously,” Chatterson told Inside Edition.

Chatterson is now home from the hospital, healing from the scary incident. She’s still a little sore and is equipped with an internal defibrillator should her heart stop beating again.

“It delivers a shock that will probably drop me to my knees, so I’ll know what’s going on,” Chatterson told Inside Edition laughing.

The entire incident comes as quite a surprise for Chatterson, who spends a great deal of time with her grandsons taking them on outings and holding sleepovers.

“I’m a very young 62,” she told the news outlet. “I’m healthy. I go to the gym.”

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After the frightening incident, the boys still don’t truly understand how much they helped their grandmother and how they saved her life.

“My older grandson just felt terrible,” Chatterson told Inside Edition. “He was so, so worried because when he was doing the compressions, he heard my sternum crack. That’s happened to me. It’s just terrible to hear that,” she added.

In light of the emergency, Grayson now knows how important his grandma is to him. “You know what, Grandma. I’m not done spending time with you,” he told her.

Well done, Grayson and Kian! Your quick actions under pressure saved your grandmother’s life. Your grandmother has a lot to be thankful for, and you boys helped make it all possible.

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Dawn is a writer from Milwaukee who loves the art of crafting copy. She has experience in marketing and worked as editor-in-chief of a monthly B2B magazine where she honed her writing skills. No matter the topic or audience, she has a story to tell.
Dawn is a writer from Milwaukee who loves the art of crafting copy. She has previously worked in marketing and as as editor-in-chief of a monthly B2B magazine where she honed her writing skills. She enjoys the art of captivating readers and making them come back time and time again for more. No matter the topic or audience, she has a story to tell. Whether it’s an article, newsletter, news release or web content, she's done it.
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