"No one thinks it's going to happen to them. You never think that someone you care about is going to collapse and you are going to have to perform CPR on them," said Laurie Langlais.
Langlais was just a teenager when her loved one collapsed in front of her.
"When I was 17 years old that summer, going into my senior year of high school, my mom and I were visiting colleges. She unfortunately suffered from a massive heart attack overnight in the hotel," Langlais said.
Langlais said at the time she really didn’t know what to do.
"I heard her struggling to breathe and I found her down on the floor. I had witnessed her fall back on the floor and hit her head, and when I was holding her, she was squeezing my hand and I was talking to her to hold on, she let go and stopped breathing," said Langlais.
Langlais said she called 911, and, despite not really knowing the proper technique, started performing CPR. Her mother was later rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.
Now a mother herself, Langlais said the experience was a milestone moment in many ways.
"It changed everything about my life. It changed who I am today, why I do what I do," said Langlais.
Her life-changing experience inspired Langlais to become a nurse, and as a nurse, she again had to do CPR.