KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man credited with saving his son’s life received a big honor Sunday.
CPR Choice recognized David Buckner and his 5-year-old son Stone two weeks after giving his son CPR for 15 minutes while suffering from a heart attack.
David Buckner has never been CPR certified but when he saw Stone in need of help he just knew he had to do something until paramedics arrived. Buckner says God was with him.
“I’m probably going to get about every certification that you can get,” said Buckner.
He says it was an experience he’ll never forget.
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“I’d never thought in a million years that I’d walk in and my son would be in cardiac arrest,” said David Buckner.
However, he did, and Buckner’s actions have earned him and his son 2016 heart hero awards for their courageous and brave acts.
“We wanted to do something extra special for him because our mission is saving lives and that’s what his dad did was save his little boy’s life so we wanted to recognize him in an extra special way,” said Cheryl Smith, CEO of CPR Choice.
Since the incident Stone has had surgery to implant a pacemaker and defibrillator to help his heart. His parents are thankful he’s still here.
“I couldn’t be more thankful that he’s here and it’s still kind of surreal, I think I’m still trying to process it. But I couldn’t be more thankful,” said Nikki Buckner, Stone’s mother.
Besides the Buckner family recognition, CPR Choice also taught people who came out how to do CPR and use an automated external defibrillator.
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“Heart disease is a leading cause of death here in America, it kills more people than all cancers combined, 80 percent of all cardiac arrest actually happen at home,” said Smith.
TCPR Choice says everyone should get trained. Stone’s parents say they are still waiting on test results to see exactly what caused their son’s heart attack. They say it may be a genetic issue but they are waiting on results to confirm.
Stone is in a sling for his pacemaker but his parents say he’s already bouncing around like a normal 5-year-old.