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Layton nurse saves teen with CPR, asks others to watch for helping opportunities

Apr 3, 2024, 6:00 PM

FILE: From June 1 through 7, The American Red Cross of Utah is recognizing the 17th anniversary of ...

FILE: From June 1 through 7, The American Red Cross of Utah is recognizing the 17th anniversary of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, a period when Utahns are encouraged to take the steps to learn how to respond in emergencies. (Getty Images)

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Brayden Urland collapsed while getting out of his car in Bountiful recently. He had just turned 17 years old.

He was out with his friends when it happened, but it was a random passer-by that saved the day.

It was the Chief Nursing Officer at the Intermountain Health Layton Hospital, Tiffany Bears.

When Urland got out of the car, he fell and hit his face on a brick wall. Bears told KSL NewsRadio she was on her way home when she saw what was happening. She stopped, jumped out of the car and called for emergency help. Then Urland stopped breathing.

“At that point, I turned him over,” Nurse Bears said, “and started compressions (CPR). I could hear sirens in the background at that point. I just continued to do compressions until EMS got there.

CPR is the moral of this story, Utah nurse says

Bears said the most important part of this story is knowing how to perform CPR.

“Anyone who has the option to learn CPR, do it,” she said. “We should have those skills, so that we can help and jump in.”

The American Red Cross offers classes to teach this lifesaving technique. 

Another moral to this story according to Bears, is to step up and be there for each other. 

Urland wound up at the intensive care unit of Utah’s premier children’s hospital, Primary Children, where he awaits a pacemaker.

Simone Seikaly contributed to this story.

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Layton nurse saves teen with CPR, asks others to watch for helping opportunities