Last Saturday, a 22-year-old woman from Virgnia actually lifted a 1,500 pound car off the ground in a desperate (and successful) attempt to save her dad’s life … which definitely trumps whatever you did last weekend.
According to CNN, Lauren Kornacki is being hailed as a hero after she rescued her father from underneath a car (reportedly a BMW 525i) by picking it up, moving it out of the way and performing CPR on him, which saved his life.
Virgina news station NBC 12 reported:
Lauren’s father, Alec, was working on his car, a BMW 525i. The jack slipped and the car fell on top of him. Lauren was on her way out the door when she came upon him, unconscious and crushed.
“As I go to open the garage door I hear a primal scream, like … dial 911!” said Lauren’s mother, Liz. That scream was 22-year-old Lauren discovering her father.
“There was no tire,” said Lauren. Seconds later, she did what most would consider unthinkable, she moved a car weighing a ton and a half off her father’s body.
“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,” Lauren said. “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.”
And in that moment, with those CPR skills and her strength, she was the only person keeping her Daddy alive “I’m just telling him, talking to him. You can’t leave me,” said Lauren. “Just stay with me. Keep breathing.”
Alec Kornacki, who suffered some serious injuries, like broken ribs, numbness and other fractures (but fortunately, no permanent damage), is currently being treated in the ICU at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
His other daughter Kristen told CNN that he’s “healing fantastically” and “He is walking and talking and laughing and joking. He’s feeling pretty good … He’s Superman, that’s for sure.”
If he’s Superman, then his daughter (the one who saved him) must be Supergirl … which is the only explanation we have for how a skinny, 22-year-old woman was able to acquire enough superhuman strength to move a freakin’ car. That’s pretty damn amazing!
Alec’s wife Liz says that she told her husband what happened, and how his daughter saved his life.
“I told him what happened,” said Liz. “He just, the tears just come to his eyes. He said thank you for saving my life and she just smiled her blue eyed smile and that was it.”
“Just seeing him move and breathing I literally just sat there and was watching his chest rise and that’s when I lost it,” said Lauren. “I just couldn’t handle it.”
Liz says Lauren is the reason Alec is alive. She says he was without oxygen and a heart beat for less than five minutes.
“She got his heart beating again and got him breathing again,” said Liz. “So, she’s it. He gave her life and then he gave her life. 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 was unable to speak with reporters on camera, under doctor’s orders, but he did share this statement:
“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.”