Long Island middle school teacher Carole Going texts her student Jessica every day. Even just a simple exchange of “How are you feeling today?” and “Good, thanks!” can calm Going’s nerves. “I didn’t know her very well before the event happened,” she says. “We only had eight classes by that point.”
A month and a half ago, Jessica was in science class when she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.
Going says it was her co-teacher, Ann Marie Carlson, who first noticed Jessica appeared weak: “She started to ask ‘Are you OK?’” but couldn’t even get all the words out before Jessica fell back on the floor.”
Last week, an 11-month-old baby in our community accidentally fell into the bathtub.
The family called 9-1-1 and while they waited for an ambulance, nearby workers from local power company Eversource stopped to help. The baby was not breathing, and her lips were turning blue.
The Eversource workers administered CPR, and the baby started breathing. She recovered at Boston Children’s Hospital and ultimately survived because of the efforts of CPR-trained passersby.
Accidents can happen at any time and place. We never know when we will need the help of a stranger. Or when we will be put in a position to help. Please consider taking a lifesaving CPR class.
Find out more about the Boston Children’s Hospital Basic Life Support program.
From now on, American Heart Month will have an extra special meaning for two men whose paths crossed unexpectedly last week at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Juan Pena, a supervisor in the hospital’s Environmental Services Department, heard someone calling for help in the hallways behind the Children’s Cafe. Responding to the cries, he found a construction contractor lying on the floor, starting to turn blue. Once he established that the man wasn’t breathing, Pena’s CPR training kicked in. He instructed bystanders to call Security and initiate a Code Blue, then Pena himself started administering chest compressions. He continued until the hospital’s Code Team arrived to take over.
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