2:43pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'Grey's Anatomy' Credited for Saving Life
ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy presents interesting and strange medical cases every week for viewers, but it turns out the show may have also taught two girls in Wisconsin how to save a real life.
Two girls saved a Sheboygan mother's life by using CPR, which they say they learned from watching Grey’s Anatomy.
When Kandace Seyferth, 36, suffered severe asthma attack and became unresponsive, her 10-year-old daughter Madisyn Kestell and a friend, Katelynn Vreeke, called 911 and then administered CPR. The two girls later said that they learned these life-saving moves from watching Grey’s Anatomy.
"Me and my mom watch the show every Thursday, and I learned it from there," Madisyn told The Sheboygan Press.
Madisyn performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while Katelynn, 12, pounded on Seyferth’s chest.
Sheboygan Fire Department personnel arrived about four minutes after the 911 call to take Seyferth to the hospital. "They [the emergency response officials] pretty much said if Maddie didn't do — remain calm and call 911 and do what she did — I wouldn't even be here to talk about it," said Seyferth.
Seyferth, who developed asthma due to lung damage from a severe case of pneumonia, went upstairs to get her inhaler on Friday after she began having trouble breathing. However, she collapsed when she got back down to the bottom of the stairs. Seyferth said she was very proud of the way the girls reacted.
"You have no idea how proud I am," she said. "I can't believe it. I'm in shock."