The Story of Anne
(the girl from the Seine)
turn of this century, the body of a young girl was
from the River Seine in Paris. There was no
of violence and it was assumed she had taken
her identity could not be established, a death
was made, as was customary in such cases. The
girlâs delicate beauty and ethereal smile added to
enigma of her death. Romantic stories that
on this mystery were published. According to
her death was the result of an unrequited romance.
story became popular throughout Europe, as did
of her death mask.
later, the Girl from the River Seine would be
when Asmund S. Laerdal began the
of a realistic and effective training aid to
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He believed that if
a manikin was life-sized and extremely realistic in
students would be better motivated to learn
lifesaving procedure. Moved by the story of the girl
tragically taken by early death, he fashioned her
for the face of his new resuscitation training
Anne celebrated her thirty-fifth birthday in 1995.
by The Girl from the River Seine, Resusci Anne
become a symbol of life to the millions of people
the world who have learned the lifegiving
of modern resuscitation, and to those whose
she has helped save from unnecessary death.