CPR training is mandatory for kids at Aerin Thomas’s school, but she never thought she would be saving her own father’s life just three months later with the precious beat of “Staying Alive.”

Her father was unconscious in the bedroom, once the 12-year-old and her mother returned home last month. While Aerin was on the phone with the emergency dispatcher, her mom Angela was attempting to do CPR.

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“I vaguely remember her saying something like ‘you’re not doing it right,'” said Angela. ”She took over.”

At Cobb Middle School Aerin learned the rhythm necessary to sustain life, an up-and-down motion on the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees 1977 hit, Stayin’ Alive.

She kept up the steady, pounding CPR motion for five minutes, until paramedics took over, but told WFAA News that it felt double that.

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Her parents weren’t the only filled with pride. The physical education teacher who taught Aerin the skill in Frisco, Texas is retiring soon, with the knowledge that her contribution made a real difference.

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