On Saturday July 28th, a rush of adrenaline ran through Lauren Kornacki. Kornacki learned how to do CPR several years since she worked as a lifeguard. The 22-year-old girl had just graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in Physics and was looking for work. It turns out that her CPR skills came in handy to save her father’s life.
Lauren’s father Alec was working on his BMW 525i car when the jack slipped and the car fell on top of him. Lauren was on her way out of the door when she found her dad being crushed and was unconscious. “As I go to open the garage door I hear a primal scream, like?dial 911!” said Lauren’s mother Liz.
Lauren’s adrenaline gave her the power she needed to lift the car and move it out of the way.
“I just lifted up kind of right here and just kind of threw it, shoved my body as hard as I could then I came back and dragged him out and started CPR,” said Lauren. “It flashed like, I’m going to lose my dad.” His eyes were open, he wasn’t responding to me. I knew I had to get his heart beating again and I had to get him breathing.” After that she immediately started doing CPR on him.
Two days later Alec was still in the ICU, but was walking again. “Just seeing him move and breathing I literally just sat there and was watching his chest rise and that’s when I lost it,” said Lauren. “I just couldn’t handle it.”
“She got his heart beating again and got him breathing again,” said Liz. “So, she’s it. He gave her life and then he gave her life. I am in awe of her. I am in awe of her. She is the day. She saved the day. I can’t even tell you how proud I am of her.”
You can follow Lauren on Twitter @wackikornacki32. Many of Lauren’s tweets are explaining the importance on learning CPR and I wholeheartedly agree with her. You never know when it can come in handy.