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Posted January 17, 2013

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Eisenhower MS Principal Saves a Student’s Life

Rosalind Deasy performed the Heimlich maneuver on a student choking on a carrot Wednesday.

When Rosalind Deasy became principal at Eisenhower Middle School earlier this year, she reviewed the procedure for the Heimlich maneuver since she knew she would have lunch duty.

It's a good thing, too. On Wednesday, Deasy used those skills to save a young boy's life.

While she was on lunch duty in the cafeteria, the boy began choking on a carrot. Another student ran and got Deasy.

She asked the student if he could talk or breathe, and he indicated he couldn't, making the universal sign for choking.

Deasy quickly got behind the boy and asked him if she could perform the Heimlich maneuver on him.  He nodded yes, and she put her recently reviewed skills to the task. The carrot was expelled, and the student is fine.

"Ms. Deasy acted quickly, calmly and appropriately," said school nurse Janine Maydew. "I spoke to the student's parents, and they were very grateful and appreciative."

Maydew emphasized the importance of early action in the event of any emergency. "It can save lives and hopefully avert a potentially disastrous situation. If you wait for  EMS to arrive, it can be too late."

Maydew said she will be hosting Heartstart training for the Eisenhower staff at the end of the month, which covers compression-only CPR, use of the AED

(Automated External Defibrillator), the Heimlich maneuver, heart attacks, and strokes.

"I have many people signed up for this training, especially after they witnessed how prompt bystander intervention can save a life. Hopefully, more schools and people will become trained to provide compression-only CPR, use the AED, and perform the Heimlich maneuver."

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