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Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the University of Miami, in collaboration with the American Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys and the American Heart Association, hosted CPR Day Miami, a free, countywide CPR training event on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The event was held at eight different locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Participants age 11 and older spent about an hour in the training sessions – first watching a short video, followed by hands-on training, including performing compressions on CPR manikins.

The importance of knowing how to perform CPR made international headlines in February 2014 when then 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing in the backseat of his aunt’s car. His aunt, Pamela Rauseo, performed lifesaving CPR on Sebastian on the side of a busy Miami expressway – as a Miami Herald photographer captured dramatic images of the harrowing ordeal. Sebastian was rushed to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Today, Sebastian is healthy, happy, and just celebrated his first birthday in September.

Overall, the most ambitious CPR training in Miami-Dade history was a huge success. Thanks to the joined forces of the sponsoring organizations and their affiliates, which also included local fire unions, a total of 4,740 people countywide are now trained on this lifesaving skill.

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