A former EMT has taught his toddler daughter how to administer CPR — with a little help from the popular children’s song Baby Shark.
Chris Pietroforte, a dad and CPR instructor in Tulare, California, has proven that no one is ever too young to know how to save a life. For proof, there is his three-year-old daughter Saige.
From the time Saige was two, she has been able to properly perform CPR, and has demonstrated on a test-dummy in a video that Chris shared online.
Important skills! Chris Pietroforte, a dad and CPR instructor in Tulare, California, taught his daughter how to perform CPR
Wow! Three-year-old Sage could do CPR from the time she was two (pictured)
Amazing! The littler girl demonstrated what she could do in a video her dad shared on Facebook
Chris posted the video on the Central Valley CPR Facebook page a month ago, captioning it: ‘If this beautiful 2 year old can learn CPR/AED, what’s stopping you?’
In the clip, the little girl is dressed in a matching pink T-shirt and pants, with her blonde hair piled into a lopsided ponytail on her head.
As a tape gives verbal instructions, she performs chest compressions and breates into a dummy’s mouth.
She clearly knows what she is doing, and her dad doesn’t need to give her any help.
Chris explained to Inside Edition that his trick was picking a song Saige likes so she knows what beat to give the compressions to — and Baby Shark fit the bill.
Genius! Chest compressions have to be timed out a particular way, so Chris taught Saige to do it to the beat of Baby Shark
Make sense: Baby Shark’s has the right rhythm for chest compressions and it’s a song Saige knows
Daddy’s helper! The little girl now helps her dad teach CPR classes
‘So she’s in there and I tell people that if they can’t outdo her, they won’t pass, and that’s actually happened a couple times,’ he said
‘Any song that’s between 100 to 120 bpm, you can do it to,’ he told Inside Edition.
That means Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees is ago-to — but the toddler needed a tune she was familiar with, hence the kiddie earworm
Saige is so adept that she now helps her dad teach adults how to do CPR.
‘She actually goes to all my classes when I teach and she demonstrates how to do it,’ he said.
‘So she’s in there and I tell people that if they can’t outdo her, they won’t pass, and that’s actually happened a couple times. I had someone drop out of an EMT class because she outdid him and he was embarrassed and he left because he didn’t wanna be outdone by a two-year-old.
‘My goal is to get as many people out there trained. The more people trained, the better it is out there for society,’ he added.
Brilliant! New York Presbyterian Hospital has a Spotify playlist packed with tunes that have just the right beat — 100 BPM — to time CPR compressions to
Genius: People performing CPR can just sing Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees in their heads if they want to know the right speed for compressions
Groove to it: Also on the list are Fly by Sugar Ray, Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira, Marvin Gaye, Dancing Queen by ABBA, and Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
Pick one! The playlist includes several very appropriately-named song choices, as well as a fair few tracks you’d likely not want to hear someone humming while resuscitating you
There are plenty of songs that adults and kids alike can use while doing CPR to time compressions correctly.
In fact, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City maintains a Spotify playlist with appropriate music, which is currently up to 47 songs.
BuzzFeed News reporter Julia Reinstein found the playlist on October 9, tweeting gleefully about her discovery.
‘I learned how to do CPR today so now I know how to save your life,’ she wrote, ‘but more importantly I found out New York Presbyterian Hospital maintains a Spotify playlist of songs that are the right beat to time CPR compressions to and it is on point.’
The idea, of course, is not to play the playlist while performing CPR, but to choose a song and commit it to memory — so if the need to perform CPR arises, a person can sing that tune in his or her head.
The playlist includes several very appropriately-named song choices, including Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) by the Backstreet Boys, I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
I’ve got all my life to live! Gloria Gaynor’s hit I Will Survive is an especially apropos pick
Keep on coming back incessantly: One would hope humming Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey would have the opposite effect
There’s also Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, Work It by Missy Elliot, and Heart and Soul by T’Pau.
But some of the tracks that especially tickled Twitter users were the ones you’d least like to hear someone humming while resuscitating you.
The list includes Just Dance by Lady Gaga, Sorry by Justin Bieber, Say You’ll be There by the Spice Girls, MMMBop by Hanson, Gives You Hell by the All-American Rejects, Fly by Sugar Ray, You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins, Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Hey, Soul Sister by Train, and This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race by Fall Out Boy.
Other surprising songs on the list are Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira, Notorious B.I.G by the man himself, What’s Going On by Marvin Gay, and Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles.
Dancing Queen by ABBA, One Week by the Barenaked Ladies, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon’s History of Rap, Rumour Has It by Adele, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynryd Skynyrd, and Body Movin’ by the Beastie Boys also have the right tempo.