Life-sav­ing teen rec­og­nized by state agency

CPR saved his brother’s life

Maryland Independent - - News - BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

When Key­mar Green’s 5-year-old brother stopped breath­ing in Septem­ber, he sprang into ac­tion, sav­ing his life with CPR. Key­mar, a 15-year-old sopho­more at Thomas Stone High School, was rec­og­nized for the heroic act by the Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers in Fe­bru­ary, and was once again hon­ored on Wed­nes­day by the Mary­land In­sti­tute for Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Sys­tems. He was just one of six chil­dren in the state to be pre­sented the “Right Care When It Counts” award by the agency.

Monique Woods, the boys’ mother, said her youngest son, Joshua-Jay­den John­son, now 6, is se­verely asth­matic. On Sept. 28, 2015, at 8:16 p.m. she called 911 af­ter Joshua-Jay­den be­gan hav­ing health prob­lems.

The sit­u­a­tion quickly es­ca­lated, Woods said, when Joshua-Jay­den stopped breath­ing. The 911 op­er­a­tor told the mother she would need to per­form CPR un­til first re­spon­ders ar­rived.

Woods told the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent in Fe­bru­ary she had CPR train­ing, but when it came to per­form­ing the life-sav­ing tech­nique on her own son, she froze.

“We got him on the floor. I got one breath into him, and then my brain couldn’t han­dle it. I couldn’t function, I couldn’t do any­thing else,” Woods said.

That’s when Woods’ old­est child, Key­mar, stepped in. Key­mar had just com­pleted CPR train­ing at Thomas Stone.

“My mom did one push, one breath, and then she couldn’t do it, so I came up to my mom and said, ‘I’ve got this. I just took a CPR course,’ and I started do­ing CPR un­til the po­lice ar­rived,” Key­mar said.

Key­mar said he was calm through the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I didn’t really feel any emo­tion, I just did it,” he said. “It was just like CPR class. I knew I could do it.”

Key­mar per­formed CPR un­der the di­rec­tion of 911 op­er­a­tor Kelly Wil­son un­til emer­gency first re­spon­ders from the Charles County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices and Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment ar­rived on the scene at 8:25 p.m. and took over.

First re­spon­ders con­tin­ued CPR un­til Joshua-Jay­den had a pulse as the boy was rushed to the emer­gency room at Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said Ja­cob Hall, one of the emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians who ar­rived on the scene.

“Af­ter we got a pulse back, we con­tin­ued ad­min­is­ter­ing med­i­ca­tions to help with his breath­ing,” Hall said, adding that Key­mar’s CPR in­ter­ven­tion was vi­tal to his brother’s sur­vival.

“Your chances de­crease ev­ery minute CPR is not per­formed,” Hall said.

Woods said Joshua-Jay­den con­tin­ues to take med­i­ca­tions for his asthma, but has made a good re­cov­ery.

Woods said she is ex­tremely proud of her son and that he and the EMTs are heroes to her youngest son.

“I am just be­yond happy and proud of him,” Woods said. “He was more than a big brother. He was [his brother’s] hero, he was my hero. He paid at­ten­tion in class and lis­tened and he re­mem­bered, and he did ev­ery­thing he needed to do. When I wasn’t calm and col­lected, he was calm and col­lected.”

Charles County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Chief John Filer said Key­mar is an amaz­ing young man.

“That’s one of the things that we preach, 911 can’t be ev­ery­where all the time, and the more cit­i­zens who know CPR, the bet­ter it is for every­body. It’s really a tes­ta­ment how ev­ery­day cit­i­zens can stand up and be heroes,” Filer said.

Key­mar said he is now con­sid­er­ing the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion as a pos­si­ble ca­reer choice, and urged other peo­ple to be­come trained in CPR.

“Learn­ing CPR def­i­nitely helped save my lit­tle brother’s life,” he said. “I think it’s a very valu­able skill to learn, pe­riod.”

“It’s very im­por­tant that every­body in the com­mu­nity learn CPR,” EMT Nicholas Har­ri­son added. “You never know when you might save a life.”

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