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Cardiac-Arrest Victim Bucks Survival Odds, Thanks to Three Women

by Christy D. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 Their knowledge of CPR and quick thinking allowed Joe Bell to beat the odds during his life threatening cardiac arrest.  Joe’s story reinforces the value and importance of teaching the lifesaving skill of CPR.

 Shelley Lewis pumped Joe Bell’s chest roughly 1,500 times in 15 minutes. The two-inch-deep compressions cracked ribs, broke his sternum and punctured a lung.  They also saved his life.

Bell, who builds upscale homes in Chicago, was visiting the Kansas City area on Oct. 20 to see family, including his daughter, St. James Academy volleyball coach Nancy Dorsey.

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