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Grandmother Saves Grandson – Uses Red Cross Training

Jeanine and Peyton Doctor

Four-year-old Peyton Doctor sings with his mother Jeanine just a few months after he was in a car accident which left him unconscious and not breathing. His grandmother saved his life by using her Red Cross CPR training.

Grandma Kimmy is my hero. She saved my life.

Four-year-old Peyton Doctor was leaving his great-grandparents’ Michigan house in the back seat of the family car on Christmas Day when another vehicle hit the car while going about 70 miles per hour. He survived because his grandmother, Kim West, had taken American Red Cross cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and was able to assist her grandson until help arrived.

“Christmas Day we went to my grandparent’s house for a family gathering,” said Peyton’s mom, Jeanine Doctor. “As we were leaving their driveway, a car hit us right in the side of the car.” “I heard screeching brakes and then I heard a crash,” West said. “I ran as quickly as I could because I knew it was a really bad accident. My grandson was in the seat and he was staring straight ahead like there was nothing.”

“My mom got Peyton out of the car,” said Jeanine. “I just saw my baby lying there with blood, unconscious, and my mom gave him CPR.” West performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. Peyton was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Grand Rapids.

“My mom knew CPR because of her certification through the Red Cross. Without that he wouldn’t be alive,” Jeanine said. Today Peyton is the same kid he always was. He loves to sing and do little moves in his wheelchair. “Grandma Kimmy is my hero,” he says. “She saved my life.”

One in four people in this country have been in a situation where someone needed CPR. The Red Cross offers a variety of courses in CPR, First Aid and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) which can give you the skills and confidence to act like Peyton’s grandmother if an emergency occurs.

CPR TRAINING The Red Cross offers online and in-classroom training options, including full CPR training and a 30-minute Citizen CPR class that focuses on Hands-Only CPR. The Red Cross also offers Pediatric CPR and First Aidclasses which teach how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies on infants and children under the age of 12.

Red Cross First aid, CPR and AED training meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers, school staffs and healthcare providers, as well as the general public. Classes offer both certified and non-certified training options. Students can include their Red Cross training on scholarship and job applications, as well as on their resumes. The training meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements for jobs that require certifications. First Aid, CPR and AED training carries a two-year certification. Continuing Education Units are also available for many Red Cross training courses. People can find more information and register for courses on this website.

FIRST AID APP For instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies, people can download the Red Cross First Aid app. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official Red Cross First Aid App gives instant access to the information someone would need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to learn first aid. You can find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.