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Porta High School Student Saved Using AED
On June 5, Gov. Quinn signed Lauren's Law, a requirement for high school students to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator. Two days after, a Porta High School student collapsed at a school event, and with the help of an AED, his life was saved.
"I've been around basketball and I played in college, watched it all the time, and I've never experienced anything like it," said Nick Rathgeb, varsity basketball coach at Porta High School.
Rathgeb was the first to reach his varsity player, Nick Atterberry, on the court after he collapsed seven minutes into a school basketball game.
It was only a split second later that a Monmouth College athletic trainer approached the scene using every bit of training he learned to revive him.
"The trainer, he did a great job," Rathgeb said. "He immediately checked for breathing, check for pulse and started CPR. Soon as he started that he yelled out for somebody to get the AED."
The law signed just days before is in memory of Lauren Laman, who died of cardiac arrest at her school. While an AED was present, nobody at the scene knew how to use it.
Thankfully for Atterbury, someone did.
Porta High School principal, Darren Hartry, says these classes will help increase the number of people willing and able to use the AED at any event.
"Probably the biggest thing is just making people more comfortable with it, so they're not afraid if they're the one there that has to respond," Hartry said. "We hope that they feel comfortable enough to know that they can."
The law will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year where these life saving skills will become a part of the health curriculum within the state.
As of now, Nick Atterberry is in stable condition and is currently at St. Francis hospital where doctors are trying to figure out what caused his collapse in the first place.