Airman's CPR training saves her drowning 6-year-old brother
Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM
SAN ANTONIO -- A six-year-old boy was seconds away from drowning over the weekend. He was saved by his older sister who had just learned CPR in basic training at JBSA-Lackland.
When 18-year-old Airman Shelby Goff saw her six-year-old brother Amadeus being pulled out of the water she jumped into action.
"He wasn’t breathing. He didn’t have a heartbeat. His skin was really pale and he had blue lips. So, I remembered SABC from basic training,” says Goff.
Self Aid Buddy Care is what she learned in basic training just a few weeks ago.
Goff says that if she hadn’t learned CPR she wouldn’t have known what to do, especially since it took several tries to resuscitate Amadeus.
"The first portion of it he still wasn’t breathing but stuff did come out of his mouth,” she says. "Doing the CPR the second time he took one breath and stopped again. The third time that I did it he finally started breathing on his own."
Her little brother was then taken to University Hospital.
Goff says her brother started to breath normally on his own Sunday and was released from the hospital on Monday.
"He's my best friend in the world," Goff says of Amadeus. "I take him everywhere with me back at home."
Doctors told her that if she had been 15 seconds later Amadeus may not have survived.