Student suffers seizure in class, teachers act quickly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/10

Student suffers seizure in class, teachers act quickly

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) -  Teachers in a Lorenzo classroom put their CPR training to the test after a student started having a seizure and stopped breathing Thursday morning.

The teen was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. For confidentiality reasons the district did not release his name, but Lorenzo ISD officials believe quick thinking and team work gave the student who was not breathing a chance.

"He doesn't usually have seizures," explains teacher Sandy Carr. But on Thursday around 10 a.m. one of her students did. The 17-year-old fell out of his chair and stopped breathing.

"I don't think we stopped to think we just started doing it," added Carr.

Carr and her two assistants Diana Reyna and Janie Campos jumped into action.

"We just knew what to do. CPR and pray," said Reyna.

"They immediately started breathing for him and helped his heart beat," said Carr about her team's quick thinking.

"Had they not done what they did to him, since he was in respiratory arrest, I feel quite confident he would have expired," said Lorenzo administrator Steve Shipley.

The women credit their CPR training that helped save their student's life. The group also thanks  Lorenzo EMS who got to the scene in less than five minutes. AeroCare landed in the field across the street and brought the teen to Lubbock.

"He took a breath and that was all that mattered," said Reyna.

After the scary moments in the classroom, the three urge everyone to take CPR classes.

"You never think you'll use it until it actually happens," said Campos.

"I think they knew going to be successful or our student was going to be in serious trouble they were determined failure was not an option," said Shipley    

The three say they would do it all over again in a heartbeat for any of their students, but hope they don't ever have to.   

The women took a refresher CPR course in August and hope to see the teen back in school as soon as possible.

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