Letters to the Editor

Save a life with CPR

Earlier this year, South Floridians were captivated by dramatic images of a woman who stopped her car on busy Dolphin Expressway after her infant nephew stopped breathing. Pamela Rauseo used her knowledge of CPR to breathe life into then 5-month-old Sebastian, until fire-rescue crews arrived and rushed him to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

This inspiring success story is why Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Jackson Health System, the University of Miami, the American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys and the American Heart Association have partnered to offer free CPR training this Saturday throughout Miami-Dade County.

CPR Day Miami will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at seven locations. The free, one-hour training sessions are open to individuals age 11 and older. Participants should register in advance to reserve their training spot at www.CPRDayMiami.org, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

CPR saved baby Sebastian’s life, and it has the potential to save many others in our community. We urge South Florida’s residents to get trained at CPR Day Miami. Spread the word about this exciting initiative to family, colleagues, friends, and neighbors. Take one hour now, save a life later.

Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System

Donna E. Shalala, president,

University of Miami