Quick action by Tracy Frank, a school nurse at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and Trish Adamson, a school staff member, saved the life of young girl who was choking on May 14, 2013.
“Life-threatening situations are stressful, but Tracy and Trish kept their composure and did what needed to be done to save the girl’s life,” said chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith. “Trish recognized the girl needed medical attention and made sure Tracy was called to the scene.”
According to reports, Pamela Hotz stopped her car about 7:30 a.m. in front of Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Fairgrounds Road in Jefferson City. Her daughter, Emily Hotz, a third-grader at Concord Christian School, had an object lodged in her throat and needed immediate attention.
Pamela pulled her daughter from the car and called for help. Adamson heard Pamela’s calls for help and told a nearby student to get the school nurse.
Frank ran to the scene, observed the child and began the Heimlich maneuver. The object did not immediately dislodge and after about three minutes the child began to lose consciousness and went limp. Frank kept applying the Heimlich and after nearly five minutes she was able to dislodge the object, a gumball about the size of a quarter.
The child began to breathe normally and was able to walk with her mother to a waiting ambulance.