JTED EMT training pays off for daughter who saved mom’s lifeby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Sep. 17, 2013, under Press Releases
Victoria Russell’s JTED EMT and Fire Service training and quick thinking helped her save her mom’s life when she suffered a life-threatening allergic reaction at a recent family gathering, according to medical professionals.
During a family birthday party at a local restaurant, Karen Treanor-Russell unknowingly ingested bacon on a pizza. She’s allergic to pork and started tingling, shaking and collapsed. Her 18-year-old daughter immediately jumped into action recognizing her mother was going into anaphylactic shock and yelled, “I need epinephrine!”
The recent high school graduate then lifted her mother “like a feather” into a chair using a technique she learned from JTED. Fortunately, Russell’s cousin had an EpiPen, an epinephrine auto-injector for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. Russell knew proper medical protocol doesn’t allow her to administer the medication, so she asked her aunt, a registered nurse, to do it.
When paramedics arrived, Russell gave them all the necessary information. With authority and professionalism, she even reminded them that protocol mandates anaphylaxis patients go to the hospital after they asked her mother if she’d like to go home.
“She just seized the reigns and started directing traffic,” said Treanor-Russell. “She remained calm and immediately responded with instinct, knowledge and confidence – all because of the excellent training she got through JTED. I’m absolutely positive my daughter’s quick action saved my life.”
So, how does a young woman keep it together when her mother is in a life-threatening situation and collapsed on the floor?
“Inside my heart was pounding, but I knew this was my mother,” explained Russell. “If I freaked out, she would’ve freaked out and been scared that she wasn’t going to be okay. I did what I had to do and give a lot of credit to JTED and my instructors for teaching me these things.”
After it was over and the ambulance took her mom to the hospital, Russell said she burst into tears.
Russell entered Pima Community College with a dual credit and a 4.0 GPA from JTED’s programs. She’s also a JTED Fire Service student teacher and testing to get into the Tucson Fire Public Safety Academy.
Contact: JTED Public Relations
Greg D’Anna – 520-209-2407 (direct), 520-331-5581 (cell)
Ann Jaress – 520-512-5296 (direct), (505) 315-9966 (cell)