16-year-old girl survives heart attack thanks to help from 911 dispatcher

It was quite a day for one valley family whose daughter suffered a heart attack.

The 911 dispatcher walked the parents through CPR and the young girl survived. 

It was a frightening day for 16-year-old Caylynna Bower who suffered a cardiac arrest after a bike ride.

"I actually don't really remember that day very clearly," said Caylynna Bowers.

Her father and mother do remember.

"Scooped her body up as we would a baby, and we were just like Caylynna, and he's like call 911," said Diana Bowers, Caylynna's mother.

911 Dispatcher: "What's going on?"
Caller: "Our daughter is 16 and she's not responding. She just came back from a bike ride and we can't get her to respond right now."
911 Dispatcher: "Is she conscious?"
Caller: "No, her breathing is sporadic, it's really, really, low, she's limp like a noodle."
911 Dispatcher: "Is she awake?"
Caller: "No."

"I was pacing myself as I was doing the compression counts," said 911 dispatcher Tyler South.

Dispatcher: "The paramedics are out front, someone go out and get the paramedics, but I want someone to keep doing CPR."

Caylynna was rushed to the hospital and survived thanks to Tyler, Gilbert Paramedics, and mom and dad who are also CPR certified.

Her mom says the ordeal offered an all too frightening reality.

"Enjoy your children, cherish every moment, even when they're misbehaving, because imagine them lying there dead and never hearing them again, never seeing their smile again, never hearing I love you again," said Diana.

"If I really would have gone, really would have passed away, I would regret things that I didn't say, or things that I didn't do," said Caylynna.

To find a CPR course near you visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CPR_UCM_001118_SubHomePage.jsp
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