Student Performs CPR On Teacher For Five Minutes To Save Her Life After She Collapsed And Her Heart Allegedly Stopped

May 04, 2020

Salim Mohamed, a junior at Metro Tech High School, saved the life of a staff member who reportedly collapsed on campus and suffered a heart attack.

Metro Tech High School Junior, Salim Mohamed, performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on one of the school's counselors who had collapsed and was unconscious. Using the technique that he had learned in health class, Salim performed chest compressions while another faculty member, Ellen Driscoll, called 911.

“They said her heart stopped so I started chest compressions,” he said in an interview.

Ellen put the police dispatcher on speakerphone to guide the student through the process, and the woman regained consciousness before being taken away to the local hospital. "No one asked him [to perform CPR],” Driscoll said.

“He just jumped in to help, and it was like an angel coming down because I was very afraid, and to have someone come in willing to help was magical, just amazing.”

If someone near you suddenly began having a heart attack, fall unconscious, or stopped breathing, would you know how to help them?

According to a Cleveland Clinic study published in 2018, only 54 percent of Americans say they know how to perform CPR, and only one in six know the recommended technique for bystander CPR, which involves chest compressions without breaths. It is a good idea to register yourself for a basic first aid course if you haven't been through one.

Salim's quick thinking and CPR knowledge saved the counselor's life. Have you ever experience somebody having a heart attack near you? Tell us what happened in the comments and be sure to pass this story along to your friends and family.