The twelve year old, Kylee Shea, was on her way to gym class when she says she suddenly felt tired.
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“I decided to sit down, and then I fell forward and I don’t remember anything,” Shea said.
That’s when Shea collapsed and stopped breathing.
Her classmates called for help, and two teachers, Kristen Goodgion and Brent Reese immediately began performing CPR.
“Everything that’s in your mind is you’re just panicking. You see Kylee on the floor. She’s not responsive,” Reese said.
The CPR proved not to be enough and the teachers knew they needed to do more. On the wall near them was an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and luckily for Shea, both teachers had been trained to use it.
Later, doctors told her parents the AED had saved her life.
Shea had a heart arrhythmia, meaning her heart was beating rapidly but not pumping blood. Although they aren’t sure of the cause, she now has a pacemaker in case it ever happens again.
“It just goes to show the importance of having these devices…having the proper training to use them, said Kylee’s mother.
The seventh grader will return to school next week. Reese and Goodgion will be honored at a special assembly in honor of their life-saving work.