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Dad saves daughter’s life using a CPR technique he learned from ‘The Office’ sitcom

By Hannah Mallorca Published Jun 29, 2021 10:32 pm

Watching sitcoms like The Office doesn't just boost our mood and sanity. It can even save lives.

A father with no medical training from Indiana in the US managed to save his four-year-old daughter’s life after remembering a familiar scene from American TV sitcom The Office

The scene is from The Office’s season five episode “Stress Relief: Part 1,” where Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) is performing a CPR training session for his staff. The training session is an epic fail when the staff breaks into the song Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees. 

Uber recalled that his older daughter assisted him while reviving Posy to make sure that she wouldn’t experience a seizure. 

A report from Today said that Matt Uber performed chest compressions on his daughter Vera Posy after she collapsed during a game of tag. 

“My mind literally went to that episode of The Office where they are doing CPR training and the compressions to the beat of Staying Alive. It’s just what kicks in, what’s in your head, and that’s fortunate,” Uber said. 

Matt Uber with his four-year-old daughter Vera Posy.

Posy was then rushed to the local hospital where she was diagnosed with Calmodulinopathy, a rare condition that affects the cardiovascular system of children. She was given an implantable medical device to keep her heart awake if she experiences a cardiac arrest. 

According to the Philippine Heart Association Inc., untrained rescuers must follow these guidelines if a victim is found unconscious:

  1. Survey the scene to see if it’s safe to do CPR. 
  2. Check victim’s unresponsiveness. If unresponsive, roll the victim on his or her back.
  3. Call for help by alerting your local emergency medical services, ambulance, or health professional. 
  4. Start chest compressions. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the victim's chest. Put your other hand on top of the first with your fingers interlaced.
  5. Press down and compress the chest at least two inches in adults. Allow complete recoil after each compression. Compress continuously with both hands at a rate of 100 per minute or more.
  6. For untrained rescuers, continue this technique until help arrives, an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available, when emergency personnel arrives, or the victim is revived.

If the victim is not revived, the Philippine Heart Association recommends calling a health professional immediately.