DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Staff members who saved a Corner Canyon High School student’s life are speaking out about the ordeal.
“This was a team effort,” said Nancy Purcell, District Nurse, Canyons School District.
Nancy Purcell is one of four staff members at Corner Canyon High that rushed into the school’s gym after receiving word that a student had slumped against the wall and collapsed to the floor.
Purcell, along with the school’s hall monitor, principal and assistant principal started to perform CPR on the student and then realized his heart stopped beating.
“He was purple and blue and looked lifeless,” explained Joyce Spencer, Hall Monitor, Corner Canyon High School.
One of the staff members dashed over to grab the Automated External Defibrillator to revive the student’s heart.
“At that point he was taking a couple gasps–he was not back completely,” Purcell told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson. “If the individual has gone unconscious and had cardiac arrest due to a heart rhythm problem, it can restore that regular heart rhythm and in such saves their life.”
Once the AED discharged and shocked the student, school officials said they continued CPR until the emergency paramedics showed up.
The student was taken by ambulance to Primary Children’s Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center.
“We would hope this serves as a reminder for everyone to be prepared,” said Jeff Haney, Spokesman, Canyons School District, referring to the AED devices.
Haney said the decision to install the defibrillator in all of the districts’s schools was made in 2013.
“We’re so glad that we moved on it back then so we would have it in place and the training in place so if we needed to use it we could use it and really help someone.”