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Used CPR on my neighbors toddler today... it wasn't enough... warning, graphic..

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KJoRN81 has 6 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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I am so very sorry that this happened to you, but so GLAD you were there and knew exactly what you were doing. You saved his life!! So many people never get to say that. I am sending you good, healing thoughts.

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Just left the hospital, they extubated him! He is breathing on his own, and making purposeful movements and cries. And he does look to be posturing some on occasion but the nurse said hopefully that will resolve as the inflammation in his brain goes down.

One eye was red and looked affected but his other eye focused on me and the doll I brought and he reached for it so obviously he is not blind in both eyes. His vitals looked beautiful, and she was moving both his arms and his legs. I do think he will have some residual damage of course but oh my god he's not like bedridden or in a coma which is just amazing

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quazar has 20 years experience.

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Just left the hospital, they extubated him! He is breathing on his own, and making purposeful movements and cries. And he does look to be posturing some on occasion but the nurse said hopefully that will resolve as the inflammation in his brain goes down.

One eye was red and looked affected but his other eye focused on me and the doll I brought and he reached for it so obviously he is not blind in both eyes. His vitals looked beautiful, and she was moving both his arms and his legs. I do think he will have some residual damage of course but oh my god he's not like bedridden or in a coma which is just amazing

I am so happy to see this, I keep checking this thread for updates. :)

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WestCoastSunRN has 20 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CVICU, MICU, Burn ICU.

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Wow wow wow!!!!! You were awesome! I'm guessing you are in Florida? (land of retention ponds and Nemour's). I just have to say -- what a GREAT job doing CPR on a BABY when you don't even work peds and you are out of the clinical setting with no support team. Way to go!!!! Imagine if you hadn't been there.... Kudos to your hubby, too, who knew you were the one to get.

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MelodyNelson has 2 years experience and specializes in corrections.

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Awesome job doing great quality CPR and giving that child a chance to live! I cannot imagine doing CPR outside of work and especially on a little child!

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audreysmagic has 15 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Peds, Education, Infection Control.

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I am so happy to see this, I keep checking this thread for updates. :)

Same, and the news just keeps getting better! :) I'm so pleasantly amazed by how well this little guy's doing!

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I didn't post initially but kept checking back for updates.

It's amazing how many people here were pulling for him, without even knowing him or his family.

I'm so glad you were there, OP. You are a hero.

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That sounds absolutely horrendous, but thank goodness you were there to do as much as you did- at least you were able to give such high quality bystander CPR.

As a U.K. nurse, I don't know if this is feasible where you are in the U.S., but here the resuscitate officers will do debriefing sessions with individuals or teams, when there's been difficult or unpleasant arrests, is this something which is available to you? Having been at a number of unpleasant arrests myself, I've found this really helpful, just because sometimes even when you do everything right our efforts are not enough.

I really hope your neighbours child has a good outcome, well done for performing so well in what must have been an immensely stressful situation.

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EaglesWings21 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Medical Surgical.

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I'm so happy things are looking up for him. God bless you and the medical team caring for him!

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One eye was red and looked affected but his other eye focused on me and the doll I brought and he reached for it so obviously he is not blind in both eyes. His vitals looked beautiful, and she was moving both his arms and his legs. I do think he will have some residual damage of course but oh my god he's not like bedridden or in a coma which is just amazing

That is so good to hear. I think it would be so frightening for a young toddler to wake up and be blind, not understanding at all what is happening and why he can't see his mother and father.

Thanks for the continued updates.

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So happy to hear the updates! Thank for posting, and please keep us informed of his progress! You are a hero!

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I have also had to perform CPR on a toddler in a home situation. This was a fire and the baby wasn't breathing once he was rescued from the house. Auto pilot also took over for me... It was like an out of body experience. After what seemed like forever and many compressions and breaths he finally gasped for air. He stayed in the hospital for a long while but made a full recovery.

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