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CPR Saves Life of Bay City's Leo Staudacher at U of M Game

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By: Stacy Sawyer

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According to, Marvin Sonne of Detroit is the man who performed CPR on Bay City's Leo Staudacher.

CPR saves lives, just ask Leo Staudacher of Bay City. While enjoying the UofM/Notre Dame match up last weekend, he thought he had indigestion or heart burn.

But the pain in his shoulder was actually a heart attack. His heart stopped beating; he sat down and passed out. Thankfully a bystander knew CPR and was able to step in and begin CPR until medical personnel could arrive.

According to, Marvin Sonne of Detroit is the man who performed CPR on Staudacher. Sonne commented, "Wow, amazing that this story has made the headlines. I just did what I've been trained to do to save another human being's life. And that's what we should remember. I am so happy that he survived. CPR does work. If you're not trained, please make it a point to get trained. Another's life is in your HANDS!"

Anyone can learn CPR in 60 seconds by watching a Hands-Only CPR instructional video at The video teaches the simple steps to help an adult who is in cardiac arrest. In fact, a recent study shows that just watching a short instructional CPR video greatly increases the chances that bystanders will attempt CPR.

The American Heart Association has endorsed Hands-Only CPR as a treatment for adult cardiac arrest victims since 2008, and studies have shown it is as effective as CPR with breaths. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps: 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast on the center of the chest until professional help arrives.

For a Friends & Family CPR course visit to find a class near you.

Stacy Sawyer
Communications Director -- American Heart Association 989-225-7513 (cell) 517-349-3240 (fax)

I invite your questions and feedback

Questions? Click Here to E-Mail Stacy Sawyer.

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Stacy Sawyer is the Director of Communications for the American Heart Association. She can be reached at (989) 225-7513.

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