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December 5, 2011

Minn. girls use CPR seen on 'Grey's Anatomy' to save mom

St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two girls saved a Sheboygan mother's life by using CPR that one of them learned from watching the medical TV drama "Grey's Anatomy."

Kandace Seyferth, 36, was having trouble breathing and went upstairs to get her inhaler for a severe asthma attack, but collapsed and was unable to breathe when she got back down to the bottom of the stairs Nov. 25.

Her 10-year-old daughter, Madisyn Kestell, called 911 and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while her 12-year-old friend, Katelynn Vreeke, pounded on Seyferth's chest.

"Me and my mom watch the show every Thursday, and I learned it from there," Kestell said.

The Sheboygan Press reported that about four minutes later, fire department personnel arrived to take Seyferth to a hospital.

"They (the firefighters and paramedics) pretty much said if Maddie didn't do - remain calm and call 911 and do what she did - I wouldn't even be here to talk about it," Seyferth said.

Seyferth, who had been hospitalized earlier in the year for a severe case of pneumonia, developed asthma because of lung damage caused by the illness.

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