School Staff & Cops Save 6 Year Old during Lessons

Posted by cocreator on October 17, 2011

A 6-year-old boy is recovering after his heart stopped beating while at school Thursday.

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The student was taking part of a P.E. class outside at East Meadows Elementary School when he suddenly collapsed. But a two-minute response and life-saving training got his heart back in rhythm.

Logan Powell the Survivor

The boy is recovering at Primary Children’s Medical Center following the heroic efforts of those who first noticed him. His doctors say he’s still in critical condition, but his heart is beating on its own and he’s breathing on his own. He remains on oxygen as a precaution.

“Our main concern is for the student and their family,” said Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey.

Friends were playing together when the young boy collapsed. One of the boy’s friends told the playground supervisor, who discovered the boy was not breathing and had no pulse.

“Our adult personnel moved quickly, called 911, and the emergency response vehicle got here very quickly,” Hiskey described. “(They) promptly took the student to a medical facility.”

The police got there in two minutes and tried to revive the boy with CPR, but only got a couple of breaths out of the boy. That’s when they used an Automated External Defibrillator to shock his heart back into action.

The boy was taken to the Payson Hospital before being airlifted to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Doctors still don’t know what made the boy go into cardiac arrest.

“Luckily, a lot of the students were in class,” Hiskey said.

The school sent a note home with all of the students to let parents know about the incident. It concludes by saying, “We are proud of the trained school staff that responded so well to the emergency.”

The boy’s aunt said the family is grateful to the P.E. teacher, the secretary and the Spanish Fork Polic Officer that saved the boy’s life.

The Nebo School District was already in the process of putting defibrillators in its schools before the Thursday’s event.

“We think it’s important to get those in every one of our schools,” Hiskey said.

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1 Comment to School Staff & Cops Save 6 Year Old during Lessons

November 14, 2011

This is my son Logan Powell. We have a facebook community page called Logan the Warrior. Logan has a syndrome called longqt. He also has a congenital heart defect called left coronary artery ostial atresia. We were very lucky that the aed machine was able to be used on Logan right away. The CPR was not bringing him back. Logan now has an ICD machine placed in his body. An ICD is just like a diffibulator that will shock his heart back into a normal rythm if needed. I have downloaded the app to find AED machines. I will start looking for the machines and letting the website know where the machines are. Best of Luck for your noble cause!
Laura Powell

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