‘A Time When Minutes Counted’: SC High School Student Gives Father CPR and Saves His Life


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A South Carolina high school student is called a hero after saving his father’s life.

Patrick Gallagher and his father, Pat, were playing video games when Pat suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

“One second he was there, then the next time I looked and he just didn’t look like he was there,” said Patrick, 17. “I’m close to my dad, so I was panicking, like, going to lose him out of nowhere.

Patrick immediately called 911. After checking his pulse, he began administering CPR to his father and continued until paramedics arrived.

“There was no preparation for it, and I always thought it would never happen to someone like me,” said Patrick. “Then I was at a time when the minutes counted and it was happening to me. “

Pat spent nearly a week in intensive care, where he also battled COVID-19. Doctors said if Patrick hadn’t acted as quickly as he did, his father wouldn’t be alive today.

“Of course, it’s amazing,” Pat said. “I didn’t think he would actually be able to do something like this. I’m glad he was. He’s definitely a hero to me.

The family set up a GoFundMe to help cover medical and living expenses. They said finding the money had been stressful, but friends and family showed their support.

“I’d rather have this stress than the stress of not being here,” said Patrick. “It’s great to see the support. I know it makes him feel a lot better about things.

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