High school student assists in saving life

Students helps save life (News 4 San Antonio photo)

SAN ANTONIO - These 8 students at Madison high school are all enrolled in the EMT program. The program is a partnership between Northeast ISD, the UT Health Science Center, and the San Antonio fire department.

"We are giving an opportunity to these seniors that on the outside costs them thousands of dollars, that they wouldn't normally get this opportunity," says, Billie Tolbert, Health Science Teacher, Madison High School

The program requires that the student be 18 years old, so these are all seniors who will be graduating in May. The curriculum requires each student spend three 8 hour shifts with San Antonio ems and inside the university hospital emergency department. Graciele Aguilar says she has always known she wanted to be in medicine.

"We get to help people and save lives and to give people a second chance and continue with their daily lives," says, Graciele Aguilar, Senior

Last week Aguilar was in an ambulance headed to a home where a man was choking and in cardiac arrest. When they arrived other family members had already started CPR on him. EMS along with Aguilar stepped in and within minutes the man had a pulse and was being taken to the hospital. Aguilar monitored the man's oxygen intake the entire ride to the hospital, with the resuscitation bag mask.

"At that moment, I am just thinking about the patient and what I have to do, later on, once we are done with the call and everything is all good that is when I ask questions and realize what has been happening," says, Graciele Aguilar, Senior

Aguilar says no patient or family member has ever questioned her skills or participation in assisting patients. But, if they do the EMS assure the patient the students are trained.

"during that moment, they don't realize we are high school students they know we are EMT basic things and sometimes they ask the medics if we are trained and they tell them we have their permission to do this because the medics tell us what to do and what we can and can't do," says, Graciele Aguilar, Senior

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