YMCA workers use CPR to save Del. man's life
BEAR, Del. - January 13, 2012 (WPVI) -- A local man is alive after suffering cardiac arrest and his family credits the power of prayer and the quick action of workers at a YMCA.
It happened on a basketball court inside the Bear-Glasgow YMCA in Delaware.
Just two days after Chrsitmas, 22-year-old Kyle Trent collapsed and his heart stopped beating. He was in cardiac arrest.
His parents were in Arizona at the time when they received the heart-wrenching phone call.
"We got a very startling phone call- in fact, it had to be a parents worse nightmare," said Terri Trent, the victim's mother.
Trent says that he doesn't remember any of it.
"I can't remember from the day after Christmas until probably Jan.1 or Jan. 2," he said.
Trent spent a week in the hospital in an induced coma but he's alive and well today thanks to workers at the YMCA who immediately started CPR.
They used their automated external defibrillator to shock his heart.
Studies show using an AED within minutes after cardiac arrest gives someone the best chances of survival.
"It was just a blessing from God, honestly," said Trent.
His mother is eternally thankful that her son is alive.
"Kyle is my 22-year-old first born and he will always be my baby so I am incredibly grateful and thankful," said Trent's mom.
Trent's parents believe the power of prayer saved their son and they are grateful for live saving technology like AEDs.
"Because those AEDs save lives, it made all the difference in the world to Kyle," said Trent's mother.
Trent now has an implanted defibrillator and is still recovering but he's hoping to get back on the court soon.
"I hope I can go back and play some pickup games but if not, I'm perfectly fine with being alive," he said. Trent should be able to play again in a few months after a full recovery.
The AEDs that helped save his life can be used by anyone.
As soon as you turn it on, it walks you through the steps. Taking a CPR course can also help with added training.
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