WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — A 17-year-old who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a volleyball game in Loganville, Georgia, says she’s alive because those around her knew just what to do.
Claire Crawford’s parents were recording the moment the teen fell to the ground at Loganville Christian Academy. You see the teen serve the ball, then suddenly grab her chest and collapse.
Staff and coaches at the school rushed to her and immediately went into live-saving mode, calling 911 and grabbing the AED, or automated external defibrillator.
“I remember slowly going black. I don’t remember hitting the floor so I was our before hitting the floor,” Crawford said.
Academic Deam Julie Sirmans recalled running to grab the defibrillator:
“(I) very quickly grabbed the AED, which was just about 35 steps away from where Claire had fallen. I took the AED back to Claire. We opened it up, turned it on, we got the pads on her and then the AED began to prompt us.”
Crawford’s parents were by her side the whole time.
“She was very clinched up and kind of blank looking and not any color at all in her face. (I was) very scared. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared and I’ve had some scary things,” Crawford’s mother, Lisa, said.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta posted the video on their Facebook page promoting Project S.A.V.E. Drill Day this Friday with the hope of getting everyone prepared should a student or teacher go into sudden cardiac arrest. In less than a day it’s been viewed 1.5 million times.