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Woman promotes compression-only CPR

By Jennifer Hoff, jhoff@wisctv.com
Published On: May 02 2013 04:43:07 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 08:14:36 PM CDT
Kay Kratochwill

Kay Kratochwill

MADISON, Wis. -

A Wisconsin woman could have died three years ago had her husband not performed compression-only CPR. In hopes of saving more lives, Kay Kratochwill is working with WISC TV and St. Mary’s Hospital to teach others this skill at the upcoming Hands on Hearts event.

“It’s so easy, I mean it’s ridiculously easy; it’s just really exhausting,” exclaimed Kratochwill. “I can’t believe my husband did this for five minutes.”

Compression-only CPR is a technique Rob Kratochwill had learned earlier and used it to save Kay’s life.

“I remember how exactly to hold my hands, how many inches from the sternum to put my hands and beats per minute,” Rob told WISC TV in an interview after the incident in 2010.

Kay’s heart quit beating when the two were golfing in Edgerton. Rob credits one commercial he saw on WISC TV.

“He saw about 20 seconds of Susan Siman saying, did you know you can do compression-only now,” said Kay.

WISC TV and St. Mary’s team up to teach the technique and this year, Kay is learning, too. As a Hands on Hearts trainer she’ll not only show others how to do it, but tell them she’s proof compression-only CPR works.

“If my story doesn’t touch you and make you realize why you need to be there, then you’ve got a heart of stone,” said Kay.

You can learn this life-saving skill Saturday, May 4th. The day-long event is offering the training for free. There are 12 locations throughout Wisconsin and several WISC TV personalities will be on hand, too.

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