Though CPR is one of the main lessons we can learn, it’s also something we hope we’ll never need to use. Can you imagine just finishing a life-saving training program and then having to test out your skills the very next day—on your very best friend?
St. Petersburg teen Torri’ell Norwood was behind the wheel of her car as it was T-boned by a speeding driver. The crash hurled the car containing 16-year-old Norwood and her three passengers across someone ’s front yard, where the car barreled into a tree.
Following the force of the impact crushed Norwoods door, she was forced to climb through her window to escape. Two of her passengers, both unhurt, were also able to extricate themselves from the car.
But as they began to make their way clear of the wreckage, Norwood realized that her friend Aaria Simmons was in the vehicle.
“When I turned around, I didn’t see A’zarria running with us,” Norwood told CNN. “So, I had to return to the car as quickly as I can. She was just sitting there unresponsive. ”
Simmons had struck her head on a back passenger window. The blunt-force trauma resulted in life-threatening injuries.
After pulling Simmons from the car, Norwood checked her vital signs. Not able to detect a pulse, she immediately started employing the CPR techniques sheI so recently learned on Simmons.
Norris had administered 30 compressions and two rescue breaths when Simmons regained consciousness. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and transported Simmons to the nearest Florida hospital.
Norwood discovered her lifesaving skills at Lakewood High School’s Athletic Lifestyle Management Academy. Her teacher, Erika Miller, was both awed and amazed by her pupil ’s stellar performance.
Miller noted that most of her former pupils never have cause to use their CPR training until they’re studying to become nurses or EMTs. But not while they were still a pupil of mine or definitely not over 24 hours, she told CNN, adding proudly: This is exactly what every teacher dreams of, you know, that someone listens, pays attention, learns something. ”
When Simmons awakened in the hospital, she didn’t remember the collision, but there’s little doubt she’ll ever forget the BFF that ’d paid attention in class—and saved her life.
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