ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- CPR or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation has a proven track record of saving lives.
It is estimated that 800 people who might die from cardiac arrest over the next year in Maryland, could be saved if more people knew CPR. That's why State Senator Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore) is sponsoring 'Breanna's Law' , which would make CPR instruction mandatory in all Maryland high schools.
It is named after 16-year-old Breanna Sudano, of Perry Hall, Maryland, who was saved by CPR three years ago when she collapsed at school while playing field hockey at her middle school.
Breanna and her mother Rebecca were meeting with lawmakers in Annapolis on Thursday trying to drum up support for the bill (Senate Bill 503) which passed the State Senate last year but failed to make it though the house.
The bill is similar to one that recently passed in Virginia and is being phased in--in several school districts already. Among them is Stafford County where 12-year-old Gwnyeth Griffin died a year and a half ago after collapsing at school where no one knew how to perform CPR. The CPR training would only take about 30 minutes of class time, probably in Health or Physical Education classes.
Her mother, Jennifer Griffin was also in Annapolis to push for the Maryland version. She says since Stafford County started training teachers and students in CPR, three lives have been saved,
An estimated 4,000 Maryland residents suffer non-hospital cardiac arrests each year. Fewer than 11 % survive.