A Chance to Save a Life

Last year, at the school where I work, a student passed away. The student collapsed, and the teachers tried to revive him with CPR, but their efforts didn’t work. The student had a health condition that lead to him collapsing. The paramedics arrived 5 minutes after the student collapses, but apparently this wasn’t soon enough. The teachers felt devastated, and wondered if the student’s live could have been saved if there had been a defibrillator on site. The school started looking in to defibrillators for schools, and began to raise money to have multiple defibrillators placed on school property.

Since that tragic day, the teachers have been able to feel a bit relief because they know that if anything happens, the defibrillators will increase the chances of anyone living through a moment like the one that happened to the student last year. The faculty had to be trained on how to use the defibrillator. While going through the training, I felt as if I was taking a course for medical school. The device is easy to use and delivers an electric charge that will start the heart in an event when someone has no heartbeat. It’s a scary thing to think about, but in such an event, having any life saving tools handy is necessary.

I’ve only seen a defibrillator used once in person in my life. I was at the hospital visiting a friend who was there because of an injury, and a patient who was in a room across the hall had flat lined. I though the was going to die for a second, but the doctors were able to steady his pulse with a defibrillator. I turned to my friend and he had the same surprised look on his face that it did. It was quite the eye opening experience.


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