Local woman lauded as a hero for saving 4-year-old boy's life
TULSA, Okla. (July 20, 2011) - The Fourth of July holiday is known for its fireworks, food and fun. However, every year, EMSA warns of the risk of child drownings due to the increased number of children swimming in backyard and community pools during the annual celebration.
As evidenced by this past holiday, the ritual can turn near-fatal in a matter of minutes.
On the afternoon of July 4, as a Tulsa family joined a group of about 20 friends and neighbors to swim at their apartment complex pool, a 4-year-old boy encountered difficulty while in the pool, went under water and did not return to the top for air.
The watchful eyes of family and bystanders noticed the toddler under the water and limp.
The group quickly reacted, removing the unconscious boy from the pool and calling 911.
As EMSA paramedics raced to the scene, it was the actions of a bystander that aided in saving the young boy's life.
ORU nursing student, Montika Collins, remembered her training and immediately went to work. After finding no pulse and no breathing, she started performing CPR on the boy.
Within minutes, EMSA paramedics arrived to find the young patient alert and breathing on his own.
Today, the boy is completely recovered with no lasting side-effects.
On July 20, EMSA recognizes Collins for her exemplary and courageous actions with an 'Everyday Hero' award. In addition, the award serves as a tangible reminder of the importance of being trained in CPR and children's water safety.
Child drowning facts and figures
Each year, nationwide, about 300 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools, usually a pool owned by their family. In addition, more than 2,000 children in that age group are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries.
Source: U .S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
CPR facts and figures
Once the heart stops beating, brain death can occur in 4 to 6 minutes. Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery after EMS takes over. If immediate CPR is given and a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes following sudden cardiac arrest, the person's chance of survival doubles.