By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS
New Mexico teen Jonathan Madrid was biking with his friends in August when he fell and hit his head. His friends didn’t know what to do about his injuries and let him sleep it off.
Madrid passed away later that night. He was 18.
Since his death, Madrid’s family has worked to make sure other young adults would be educated about what to do in a similar situations.
SB 1 and HB 104 became law on March 2 requiring CPR to be taught in school.
The legislation requires that schools educate students on basic first aid, CPR, the use of an AED and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on choking victims.
The public education department must develop rules and implement this law by Dec. 31.
The Madrid family offered their thanks in a statement.
“We all came together and worked hard to make Jonathan’s Law a reality. Jonathan would be proud,” the statement read.
According to American Heart Association statistics, about 38 people each hour have a cardiac arrest event while not in a hospital, and nine of 10 don’t survive. However, chances of survival can double or even triple if the victim receives CPR.
New Mexico is the 28th state to require that students learn how to perform CPR.
Wisconsin is also looking to consider instruction in CPR and external defibrillators as part of the curriculum. Assembly Bill 545, written by State Sen. Jerry Petrowski and State Rep. John Spiros, was sent to Gov. Scott Walker last month and is awaiting his signature.
The Governor has until April 28 to sign the bill.