2012 Red Cross Sideline Champion Natalie Steadman - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2012 Red Cross Sideline Champion Natalie Steadman

Natalie Steadman Natalie Steadman

As an athletic trainer, Natalie Steadman is equipped to handle many different medical situations.  However, during a playoff game in Anton last Fall, she was put to the ultimate test.

Steadman, who is the trainer for Petersburg High School, says she was leaving the sidelines after assisting an injured player. With just one minute left in the game, she was called back out, where the team photographer had passed out.

"I ran down there, we rolled him over and he wasn't breathing, wasn't conscious, didn't have a heartbeat," Steadman said.

Steadman's 20 years of experience and training kicked in, and she began to do CPR on the man. With the assistance of the Littlefield EMS, she used an AED on him.

"I noticed about 50-60 compressions in, I noticed an eyelid flicker and his eyes opened and we had him back," Steadman said.

The photographer was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Steadman was dubbed a hero, having saved his life. Despite the recognition, Steadman says she doesn't consider herself a hero. She believes all the odds were in her favor that night.

"It just turned out that way, that it was the right time, right place, had the right equipment and he had the right thing that could be helped," Steadman said.

Steadman says she believes anyone would have done what she did.

"I'm glad it all worked out and you just realize how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken, because technically, for a minute, he wasn't here  I'm just glad it worked out," Steadman said.

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