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SBI-Ft. Lauderdale Dental Hygiene Student Saves a Life with CPR

October 30, 2014 SBC-Fort Lauderdale, General 0 Comments

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, Dental Hygiene Student Brittney Wright and her boyfriend were driving south on the Florida Turnpike (near Commercial Blvd) and witnessed a tire blow out on a SUV that had a trailer and watched the driver lose control of the SUV which flew off the road and flipped over! While she witnessed this event she dialed 911 from her cell phone.

Dental Hygiene Student Brittney Wright and the Dental Hygiene Program Director Dr. Jorge VelasquezWright pulled over and noticed that the passage in the car was unharmed, but the driver (a man in his 30’s) was unresponsive and lacked a pulse. While she was assisting the driver her boyfriend stayed on the phone with the 911 operator while she performed CPR for about 4 minutes until the ambulance arrived. She stayed with the driver even when the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrived just to make sure he was going to survive. When the driver regained consciousness and opened his eyes Wright was relieved. The EMTs thanked Wright for performing CPR, and they took the injured man to the hospital. This story was never report by the local newspapers or television news shows, but Wright is ok with that. She is just happy that she saved a life.

Wright had worked as a secretary in a hospital cardiac unit two years ago and had Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR certification that had expired. Luckily, Wright attended a CPR Certification class a week before the Florida Turnpike accident. The CPR class was taught by Dr. Jorge Velasquez, the Dental Hygiene Program Director. This real life story reminds us about the importance of getting ones CPR Certification renewed every two years.


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