Alec Kornacki, 52, was almost killed Saturday when he was pinned underneath his BMW. The car slipped off the jack while he was fixing it. He was rescued by his daughter who, in an extraordinary feat of strength, lifted the car and rescued her father.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Lauren Kornacki, 22, found her father pinned beneath his car in the garage. The Daily Mail reports she happened to be on her way out when she saw her father pinned under the car. She let out a scream and yelled to her mother to call 911.
She said: "He wasn't breathing. His heart was stopped. His arm was pinned to his chest by the car."
The Times Dispatch reports that Lauren, who graduated in May from the University of Mary Washington in physics, went into action, preserving her presence of mind in spite of the shock of seeing the "most import person in her life" close to death. The Huffington Post reports the car was balanced unevenly on the jack and Lauren was able to relieve the pressure of the weight on her father, who reportedly weighs 210 pounds, by shoving against it. She then pulled him out. According to the Daily Mail, the car, a BMW 525i, weighs a ton and a half.
Lauren is a former basketball player. NBC12 reports she said: "I just lifted up kind of right here and just kind of threw it, shoved my body as hard as I could then I came back and dragged him out and started CPR. It flashed like, I'm going to lose my dad. His eyes were open, he wasn't responding to me. I knew I had to get his heart beating again and I had to get him breathing."
She applied CPR techniques she had learned in a summer lifeguard job she took. NBC12 reports she said: "I opened up his airway to make sure he could breathe and everything and at that point I'm just telling him, talking to him, 'You can't leave me. Just stay with me. Keep breathing.'"
She added: "I can't begin to say how important that training is; that's one of the reasons I want people to know what happened. It saved my dad's life. Losing him for me was not an option, and I just wasn't going to allow it. I wouldn't let anyone else touch him until the paramedics arrived."
The Times Dispatch reports Lauren did three sets of compressions and two sets of mouth-to-mouth, and her father had started breathing when emergency arived. She said: "The fire station is right across the street from our house (in western Henrico County), and they know us pretty well. My dog keeps going over there."
Alec had no oxygen and his heart stopped beating for less than five minutes during the ordeal, The Huffington Post reports.
When Alec, described as energetic triathlete and football referee, called his daughter from the hospital on Sunday, he was too choked with emotion to say any words. Lauren said: "He was on the phone to me from the hospital but Mom had to take over. She said he started to cry and just couldn't get the words out."
Lauren describes her family as devout prayerful and involved in one another's lives. She said: "We still pray at dinner together." She described her father, a senior business systems analyst at Capital One, as a man "who has never stopped working for our family. I'm so proud to be able to say he's my dad."
The Times Dispatch reports the incident happened the day after her parents' 27th wedding anniversary. Lauren said: "We think he'll be out of the ICU in the next few days, and we want to get him home as soon as we can."
MyFox8 reports Alec Kornacki is being treated at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He has several broken ribs, some numbness and other fractures, but he is expeted to make a complete recovery.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: "If it weren't for Lauren I would not be alive today. I'm just so lucky and proud that I have daughters that can perform CPR and have the knowledge to save lives. I think it's an important skill for everyone to know and if it weren't for Lauren I would not be alive today."
NBC12 reports Liz, Lauren's mother, said: "She got his heart beating again and got him breathing again. So, she's it... I am in awe of her. I am in awe of her. She is the day. She saved the day. I can't even tell you how proud I am of her."
Alec has three daughters, and all three know CPR.