Hand-only CPR kiosk unveiled 2 years after UD student struck by lightning

A hands-only CPR kiosk at the University of Dayton’s RecPlex was unveiled this morning, two years after a University of Dayton student was struck by lightning while he was walking to the same facility and required CPR.

The Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association launched the interactive kiosk that is aimed at teaching hands-only CPR in five minutes.

Sean Fergusion was walking to the RecPlex in April 2015 when lightning struck him, causing serious injuries.

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Ferguson returned to campus for his senior year in August 2015.

“I’m just realizing how fragile life can be, and that it can be taken at any given moment,” Ferguson said during an interview at the time. “So, on the one it’s really great because I don’t take anything for granted now. I feel like I’ve been able to receive support that’s second to none.”

The new kiosk features a touch screen and a brief video.  It also includes a practice session with a rubber torso and a 30-second CPR test.

The UD student that helped perform CPR on Ferguson the day he was hit by lightning, Matt Lickenbrock, had only learned about hands-only CPR just two days before at the Dallas airport.  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was where the first kiosk was installed, the American Heart Association said.

AHA said there are 11 Hands-Only CPR kiosks installed around the country.

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