As the operator began counting chest compressions over the phone, the wife remembered the song and started singing out loud while performing CPR
We hear many saying that music saved their lives but in this case, it literally did. Ganesa Collins found herself having to perform CPR on her husband, Quan, and ironically, the song which helped her was Bee Gee's "Stayin Alive". The popular disco song from the 1970s which has 103 beats per minute is ideal for performing CPR. Quan lived another day, thanks to his wife and the retro hit.
According to Newsner, the incident occurred last year when the couple from Pearland, Texas were at a park. The duo had just finished a two-mile run when Quan fell face first into the dirt. “We sat on the bench, and he was in front of me. I was standing behind and stretching, and he just went face forward. His head hit the dirt," Ganesa recalled. She immediately called 911 and informed them about what had happened. She then explained to the operator that her husband had “some issues with heart disease about five years ago" and as a result had a stent put in.
The operator told her that she would have to do CPR. Despite being in a park and on her own. She kept calm and followed the operator's instructions. “The 911 operator told me I would have to do CPR. The training from the American Heart Association kicked in," Ganesa said. She explained that as the operator began counting chest compressions over the phone, she remembered “Stayin’ Alive.” “I sung over her and sung out loud while I was performing CPR," she recalled. Soon an emergency personnel responded and took over. Quan was taken to the hospital where he underwent double bypass surgery, reported Newsner.
“My husband is able to live another day. We just have so much perspective," a thankful Ganesa said. According to the American Heart Association, while performing a hands-only CPR, a steady rhythm of 100 has to be held. Newsner wrote that while the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” is a good song to keep in mind, there are many other options including “MMMBop” by Hanson, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper and “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. If you are interested in finding more songs, there is actually a Spotify playlist made for it.