Just six short days after becoming certified in Basic Life Support and CPR, Teonna Harris, a dental assisting student from Parkesburg, PA. had to put those skills to use in her own home.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, just hours before graduation, Harris’ grandmother went into cardiac arrest in their family home. Without hesitation, she began performing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing. Those same skills she learned days before, allowed her to save her grandmother, who is now recovering in a local hospital.
“Had it not been for the generosity of a local training provider, the outcome could have been tragic for this local family,” said Sean MacCrory.
CPR can be life-saving first aid and increases the person’s chances of survival if started soon after the heart has stopped beating. If no CPR is performed, it only takes three to four minutes for the person to become brain dead due to a lack of oxygen. Harris said she is glad she learned the new skills.