Students respond to teacher's medical episode in high school EMT class

“I kind of expected that at some point they’d be needed to help somebody. But I didn’t think it would be me,” said Wortham High School's Teresa McLaughlin


By Leila Merrill

WORTHAM, Texas — Some Wortham High School seniors responded to their teacher’s medical episode using the EMT skills she taught them, KWTX reported Thursday.

Teresa McLaughlin said she was sleep deprived and began to feel lightheaded in class.

“I knew I was going to pass out,”McLauglin said.

Her students thought it was a test at first. They had been working toward getting EMT certifications as part of the school district’s first year to offer the training.

“She started shaking quite a bit. Kind of like a little seizure,” said student Alana Echartea.

“We had students performing glucose tests,” said fellow student Mika-Lyn Gargis. “We had both of us giving her oxygen, and Alana was tilting her head back to make sure she wasn’t snoring.”

Trained EMTs showed up to take over, but the students had reportedly completed the emergency procedures and taken their teacher’s vitals.

“There was really nothing left for them to do but move her to their stretcher, I mean we had it covered,” said student Charley Braun.

“I kind of expected that at some point they’d be needed to help somebody. But I didn’t think it would be me,” McLauglin said.

 

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