UPDATE: Ooltewah High School Student Collapses; Officials Help Save Life

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/30/2012 11:32 pm
Principal Mark Bean says if it was not for this small box and big hearts of several employees, then one of his students might not be here today.

Principal Bean adds, "It really takes a toll on you, you just get through it."

Emotions started running high around 1:45, during 4th period P.E. class.

Principal Bean says towards the end of class one of his seniors took a shot at the basketball hoop, and then just collapsed.

Principal Bean adds, "It was really ironic because they were only playing at one goal. It was not full court basketball. It was just guys shooting a basketball down there."

Within seconds Bean says the boy was surrounded by coaches, the school nurse, and athletic trainer.

When they found out he had no pulse, they went to work doing CPR.

Principal Bean says, "One of our basketball coaches ran up and got the defibrillator, and it was used twice on the young man and it worked great."

The student had a pulse by the time he was taken to Erlanger.

Principal Bean adds, "I just think it's a great example of what a lot of people have been trained to do and they did it to the best of their ability."

Prinicpal Bean is now looking into getting a couple more defibrillators for his school.

He say's he will get them even if it means asking businesses for donations.

Principal Bean adds, "I wish all schools had three or four. I just think it's a great safety device."

It is a pricy device of about $1,200, but Principal Bean says that's a small price to pay to keep his school family safe.

The student's condition is not known at this hour.

Privacy laws prevent us from knowing exactly why he collapsed, but we will be following this story and will bring you the lastest as soon as it becomes available.
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