At a seventh-grade football game in Texas, Alex Templeton suddenly collapsed on the field. Coaches Tim Spoonemore and Brad Averitte rushed onto the field and quickly realized the boy was unresponsive with no pulse. While a parent took over CPR, Tim left to get one of the school’s automated external defibrillators (AED).
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise.” —Jeremiah 17:14
Rita White, a school nurse, leaped up from the stands as soon as she realized what was happening, and ran onto the field. She also happened to be the person that trains district employees to use the AED. The device was brought onto the field and Rita began to administer aid to the boy.
“I saw his stomach start moving and that was just the greatest thing,” Coach Spoonemore said. The player was then rushed by helicopter to a nearby Children’s Medical Center.
“It was a team effort. Everyone was here. Everyone had a very important part. No one person is a hero,” said Rita.
School Superintendent Ray Lea added, “Everybody there was in tears and just really shocked. This is just unheard of at a junior high school football game. It was surreal. I couldn’t be any more proud of my staff to perform the way they did and rescue this young man. I don’t think the young man would be here without the AED.”
The distribution of AEDs to public places has saved many lives. Think through your own community and inquire about the location of AEDs where you live, work, and play. If you’re a first responder and not yet trained in its use, consider adding that to your resume´. Trained personnel are crucial, but strategic equipment can be just as important.
STRONG HEALER, thank You for those who are trained to save and thank You for the advanced technology to literally bring people back to life. We are the helpers, while You are the Healer.
To hear the story from each of those who took part in the saving of Alex Templeton’s life from a follow-up press conference, click on their picture above, and hear the entire story that shows the importance of Automatic External Defibrillators.