Rebecca and Mark Knowles saved their son Cameron's life because they knew CPR. After his cardiac arrest, Cameron was eventually transferred to UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a disorder of the heart's electrical activity that can cause sudden and dangerous arrhythmias.
Each year, more than 326,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrests outside of a hospital. About 90 percent of those people die, but survival rates can double or triple if the victim receives CPR right away.
Second Opinion, WXXI's national healthcare series, has formed an exciting partnership with the American Heart Association to produce a national television special designed to teach Hands-Only CPR to all of America, and the Knowles' story is a part of it.
"CPR in America" will air tonight on WXXI-TV, and PBS stations across the country, at 8 p.m. Tune in to hear more about Cameron's story, meet Dr. Andrea Hinkle, one of the members of Cameron's medical team, and learn Hands-Only CPR.
Watch a preview of Cameron's story: