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High Performance CPR put to the test

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is out. In its place is now a method called "High Performance CPR." Certification in it became mandatory for all Emergency Responders in July, and was quickly put to the test in Carlisle.

It's called the 'Pit Crew' approach because just like Nascar it involves a team who will work with speed to stabilize a patient on-site instead of immediately rushing them to the hospital.

It will take mere minutes for the arrival of emergency crews.

"It seemed like an eternity," said Marie Dodson.

But stories like this must begin before that point.

"I remember saying to my wife, I can't do it anymore and her frantic voice saying 'You don't have a choice. You gotta do it'," said her husband Daniel.

He had to because this was no drill, this was their daughter.

"My mother had passed away the day before, we decided Saturday was going to be our relaxing day," said Marie.

That day never came.

Moments after waking up her daughter, 19-year-old Sadie entered into sudden cardiac arrest.

"Dan picked her up off the bed she was totally limp. That's when it hit me. I was like 'She's not going to make it'," said Marie.

That's the point when Dan began with CPR.

After 12 long minutes he was relieved by the fire department who continued compressions until Darryl Strick and his team arrived from Cumberland Goodwill EMS arrived.

One month prior Darryl was the same paramedic who demonstrated the benefits of High Performance CPR to our cameras.

Now - we have proof.

"There are really no words for it," said Sadie, a soft spoken 19-year-old with a small scar on her chest.

Using this method Sadie was stabilized on scene, and flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. One week later she left with a defibrillator.

"It's just awesome fantastic to see her," said Darryl, who stood next to the family inside of the station.

Although High Performance CPR heightens the chance of survival. It likely would have failed if not for her father's steady compressions.

"We met in 2008 and we just got married a year ago," added Dan, as the interview was wrapping up.

That part, we couldn't have guessed.

Sadie's father had actually died when she was 13, but now says she is ok with lending Dan that title as well.

"It's brought my whole family a lot closer," she said, "They saved my life."

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