« Do Teachers Talk Too Much? | Main | South Korea Cracks Down on Late-Night Tutoring »

A Lesson in Life-Saving

Two quick-thinking and remarkably composed phys. ed. coaches at a middle school outside Dallas are being credited with saving a 12-year-old girl's life last month. The girl reportedly collapsed in a school hallway as the result of a previously undetected heard condition. The educators, Kristen Goodgion and Brent Reese, tried CPR and then successfully used an automatic external defibrillator to revive her heart. "It [the AED] told us to shock, and we both looked at each other in shock, like, 'This is really what we need to do right now?'" Goodgion recalled. Evidently it was: Medical authorities say that if the teachers had delayed by just 30 seconds the girl would have had only a 3 percent chance of survival.

A key take-away: Goodgion and Reese credit the mandatory AED training they receive under Texas law for giving them the know-how to proceed in the situation. "That literally is what we fell back on," Goodgion said. "It kept us calm; we had something to (fall) back on, to know what to do."

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed On Teacher



Recent Comments