ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The unexpected happened at Bowie Elementary last week when one teacher experienced a medial emergency. Thanks to the quick thinking of friends and colleagues, she’s recovering, and those who helped are glad they were prepared.
“It was just a rote memory of all the training I’d gone through”, said school nurse Angela Valentine. “The other teachers that responded, they were brilliant. All the years of training definitely paid off.”
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as “CPR”, is well established as a life-saving technique, but not everyone knows how to perform it. Even if you do, “CPR guidelines have changed throughout the years”, explained Nate Lester with the American Red Cross. “Even if it hasn’t changed since you’ve taken the class, it’s good to go back and refresh yourself on those skills.”
You may never need those skills, but according to Lester, “You never know when a situation may arise and you need the skill of CPR.”
In this case, that skill and knowledge was crucial, and a life was saved. “God was able to work through me and save the life of one of our teachers”, Valentine said.