The importance of learning CPR hits close to home for students and faculty at Bayside Academy in Daphne. Last fall, Coach Mark Lasseter collapsed. “Don’t remember a thing because I fell out and my heart had stopped,” said Lasseter.
Some third graders saw him fall to the ground, “His face started turning purple and he started shaking,” said 9-year-old John Carter Norton. The children quickly ran for help and Coach Phil Lazenby administered CPR to Lasseter. “I just knew what to do because I’d been trained to do it,” said Lazenby.
Lazenby and others continued giving CPR until an ambulance arrived and emergency crews took over. Coach Lasseter remained in a coma for 36 hours.
With a grateful heart, Lasseter took center stage Tuesday morning as The American Heart Association and WKRG News 5 presented a CPR in Schools Training Kit to Bayside Academy donated by Professional Land Title. The kit, equipped with a manikin and a DVD, provides hands-on learning experiences for up to ten students at once. It’s portable and is easy for teachers or student leaders to move from classroom to classroom.
“Studies show that if you have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, 9 out of ten times you won’t survive without on-site immediate CPR training. So this is the best way to make sure there is a literal army of lifesavers who can snap into action whenever the time comes,” said Evan Duffy, with The American Heart Association.
“I think every human being who has the opportunity ought to be trained in CPR to protect your loved ones, people you work with and people you don’t even know. Because CPR absolutely saved my life and it has changed my life. I’m a different person today than I was then. I wake up every morning and I say thank you…I am breathing again,” said Lasseter.