The quick thinking of two Indian River School District employees saved the life of Immaculate Heart Central School basketball player Jack Valentine.
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“There really wasn’t much panic like that. You see a situation and you react to it because you have the proper training to do so,” said Ashley Naklick, district trainer.
“You just do what you have to do to sustain his life as long as you can until other help arrives,” said Theresa Leeson, district nurse.
On Tuesday, Indian River was hosting Immaculate Heart Central School on the basketball court.
At the end of the first quarter, Leeson noticed something was wrong with one of the IHC players.
“I just saw him do something with his arm and I said, ‘I think he’s having a seizure,'” she said.
When Leeson got to the player, 13 year old Jack Valentine, she realized he was unconscious and he didn’t have a pulse.
She performed CPR and then she administered the Automatic External Defibrillator, also known as an AED.
Later, Naklick also administered CPR while another woman, Brenda Davis, helped administer the breaths.
By the time Valentine left with the ambulance, he had a pulse.
He was in critical condition on Thursday.
“We were just relieved that we were able to get some vital signs back and that he was able to get to the hospital quickly,” said Naklick.
Naklick and Leeson say they’re not heroes, they were just doing what they were trained to do.
But whatever your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for certain – Jack Valentine is alive because of their efforts.