Airlift Northwest sets CPR record while saving patient
from University of Washington School of Medicine
When Brandon Hopper decided to explore the wilderness in Greenwater, Wash., on May 16, 2011, he anticipated finding a herd of elk — he didn't expect his heart to stop. Born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital defect that causes the heart muscle to grow excessively thick, the then 19-year-old Hopper collapsed and stopped breathing. His two companions were quick on their feet. One immediately began CPR; the other ran to get help — they were out of cell phone range.
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