Family: CPR could have helped 5-year-old boy hit by car

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Preston Jungwirth, 5, is fighting for his life after being hit by a car last Monday.

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AURORA, Colo. -- Five year old Preston Jungwirth couldn’t wait to go to sleep last Monday night. He’d just lost his first tooth and the tooth fairy was coming that night.

“He was so excited, “ says his mom, Jenna Quenzer. But a couple of hours before bedtime, Preston was hit by a car while crossing the street near Ventura and Hampden in Aurora.

As of Thursday, he’s in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury, fighting for his life.

Jenna says, “He’s only five and so we’re praying for a miracle.”

She says a lot of people were at the scene of the accident, but no one knew how or didn’t think to perform CPR on the little boy.

His mother says, “CPR is so critical and it could have saved Preston’s brain from losing the oxygen for so long.”

Patricia Billinger with the Red Cross says, “It’s so critical for bystanders to help out when you see someone in need.  Don’t be afraid to step in and help to the best of your ability.”

She notes Colorado has a Good Samaritan law that protects people in these situations.

She points out CPR is very simple.  It’s not necessary to breathe into the person’s mouth if you don’t feel comfortable, and all you have to do is find the center of the chest and do chest compressions, pushing very hard and about two inches deep.  Billinger says that keeps the blood circulating to the brain and heart.

Preston’s mother hopes his story inspires people to learn CPR.  She says you could be the miracle for some other family.

You can get more information about Red Cross classes at their website.

Preston’s mother says doctors are slowly weaning the little boy off of medication to see if he can breath on his own.  She operates her own daycare but has had to take time off as long as Preston is in the hospital.  The family also faces expensive medical bills and friends have set up a GoFundMe site to help.

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