Information from WYSH Radio
During Tuesday’s Anderson County Board of Education meeting, a group of teachers, principals, and other staff members were honored for saving a student’s life.
Last month, Brittany Overton went into cardiac arrest in the school courtyard before classes began. On Tuesday, leaders honored the crew of teachers, principals, and staff members that helped bring her back to health. Overton attended the School Board meeting.
Teacher April Freeman and her husband Travis, an assistant principal—the couple credited with leading the efforts that saved Brittany’s life—used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, twice to get Overton’s heart started again. Doctors at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital said the AED saved the girl’s life.
Overton now has a defibrillator inside her to help keep her heartbeat regular. If the beat ever becomes irregular, the device will give her heart a shock, bringing it back to a normal pace.
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