Tim and Kelly to the rescue!

It was a beautiful spring morning – birds were singing, the sun was shining and it was pleasantly warm. Tim and Kelly were already having breakfast in the kitchen when their grandpa came in. “It’s wonderful outside!” he said as he stood by the table. “We should go outside and enjoy the forest before it starts raining!”


Tim and Kelly both nodded and ran to their room to get dressed. Grandpa was waiting for them at the door. Kelly was carrying a backpack with a water bottle inside and Tim was just about to put his cell phone into his pocket when his grandpa asked, “What do you need that for? You don’t need to play any of those stupid games while outside!” But Tim refused to put his phone away. “Oh no, grandpa,” he shook his head. “You never know what could happen. A cell phone might come in hand!” Grandpa just sighed and they went out the door.
The sky was blue, the air was fresh and the forest was shivering as the breeze swept through it. Tim and Kelly were walking ahead when grandpa shouted. “Look kids! There’s a squirrel over there!” as he pointed to the left of the trail. Tim and Kelly froze as they watched the little rascal sit below a tree, chewing on a nut. “Grandpa, that’s the biggest squirrel I’ve ever seen!” Tim yelled in excitement as he turned around to face his grandfather. But once he looked back, he saw his body lying on the ground. “Grandpa!” Tim screamed.
Kelly turned around as well and immediately understood what happened. Grandpa had fainted and because he was old, she suspected that he may be having a heart attack. “Tim, quickly get your telephone and call an ambulance.” She instructed her brother and ran to the grandfather who was lying still on the trail. He was on his back, looked pale, wasn’t breathing, and didn’t respond to any questions or physical contact. Kelly folded her arms and started pressing the centre of his chest. She remembered she was supposed to press it at least one hundred times per minute which meant that she kept pushing as fast as she could.
Tim quickly approached her with his cell phone. “Here, Kelly, I’ve put it on speaker.” He explained.
A woman’s voice spoke from the phone. “Hello Kelly, my name is Susan. Tim explained the situation to me, an ambulance is on its way. Do you know how to perform CPR?” “Yes, I’m doing it right now.” Kelly said as she continued to press grandpa’s chest. “That’s great Kelly! Tim, I’m going to need your help as well. Make sure that you tilt your grandpa’s head to the back. That way he might start breathing. Hold on guys, help is on its way!”
After what seemed like hours but was only two or three minutes, grandpa started breathing and moved his arms and legs a bit. Shortly after that, the ambulance arrived. A couple of medics hopped out of the car and transported grandpa inside. One of them kneeled down and faced Tim and Kelly. “Wow. You two kids are heroes. Only thanks to your help, grandpa is going to be just fine!”

Dictionary / slovníček:

pleasantly – příjemně
nod – pokývat
refuse – odmítnout
shiver – třást se
trail – cesta
rascal – rošťák
faint – omdlít
suspect – podezírat
pale – bledý
fold – přeložit
chest – hrudník
CPR – kardiopulmonální resuscitace
tilt to the back – zaklonit
hop out – vyskočit
unobstructed – průchodný
rapid successions – rychlá opakování


What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating.

Dancing to CPR

  • Did you know that there’s a couple of popular songs that have the ideal tempo (100-120 beats per minute) for performing CPR!
    Try listening to:
    Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees (103 BPM)
  • Crazy by Gnarls Barkley (112 BPM)
  • Rumor Has It by Adele (120 BPM)

1. What happened to grandpa in the forest?

a) He found a treasure.
b) He had a heart attack.
c) He met his neighbour.

2. What did Kelly do when she saw her grandpa on the ground?

a) She called an ambulance.
b) She started performing CPR on him.
c) She ran away.

3. What important object did Tim bring along?

a) A sandwich.
b) A kaleidoscope.
c) A cellphone.

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