“I never would have thought that I would be the one, out of all the students in my class to have to perform it on someone,” she mentioned.

Norwood was driving three pals residence in St. Petersburg, Florida, on February 20 when one other driver slammed into her from her left and despatched her automobile careening.

“We crashed in someone’s yard and I hit the tree,” Norwood mentioned.

The impression jammed shut the driving force’s aspect door, so Norwood climbed out the entrance window. Two of her pals managed to get out of the automobile unhurt, however the collision brought about her 16-year-old good friend A’zarria Simmons to hit her head on the backseat window.

“When I turned around, I didn’t see A’zarria running with us,” Norwood informed NCS. “So, I had to run back to the car as fast as I can. She was just sitting there unresponsive.”

And that is when the coaching Norwood had simply discovered kicked in.

“A lot of people started to gather around to see what was happening. I started yelling, ‘Back up, back up, she needs space.'”

She pulled Simmons out of the again seat, avoiding damaged glass from the window.

“That’s when I checked her pulse on her neck. I put my head against her chest, and I didn’t really hear nothing. So that’s when I just started doing CPR on her.”

After the 30 compressions and two rescue breaths, Simmons regained consciousness. Paramedics shortly arrived and rushed her to the hospital, the place she obtained stitches for a gash in her brow.

“I don’t remember the hit or anything about accident. But when I woke up, I was in the hospital. I was in shock. I was trying to figure out how I got there,” Simmons mentioned.

What each instructor goals of

Norwood, a junior at St. Petersburg’s Lakewood High School, participates within the college’s Athletic Lifestyle Management Academy. The program prepares college students for varied careers in well being science.

“We do vital signs and they learn how to take blood pressure and check pulse. We have just about 100 students in our academy,” Erika Miller, Norwood’s teacher, informed NCS.

And one other one of the talents discovered is CPR.

“There are two components, a hands-on skills component where they have to demonstrate that they’re proficient in the skills of adult, child and infant CPR, how to help somebody who’s choking, as well as how to use an AED (defibrillator). And then there’s a written test component, showing that they retain that knowledge.”

A CPR practice dummy at Lakewood High School's Athletic Lifestyle Management Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. A CPR practice dummy at Lakewood High School's Athletic Lifestyle Management Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.

When Miller discovered that Norwood resuscitated a good friend, she was at a lack of phrases and so proud.

“I was just absolutely astounded,” Miller mentioned. “I have former students come back once they’re in nursing school or have gone on to pursue careers as EMTs and say ‘Oh my gosh, you know, this is what it was like’ but not while they were still a student of mine or definitely not within 24 hours. This is what every teacher dreams of, you know, that somebody listens, pays attention, learns something.”

An unbreakable bond

Norwood and Simmons share a lengthy friendship.

“We’ve been friends since seventh grade,” Simmons shared. “And since then, it just been us.”

Thanks to Norwood’s fast considering, Simmons is recovering nicely. She additionally is not shocked by her friend’s actions.

“She will always help any way she can, to help anybody,” Simmons mentioned. “Even if it wasn’t me, if was someone else and she knew she could do something to help, she would do it. So I wasn’t really shocked about that.

Both friends plan to pursue careers in the medical field.

“I do need to be a nurse,” Norwood said with excitement. “I do know that if anyone was in want of assist, I’d go to the rescue.”


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