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Teen Saves Teammate's Life

A high-school softball player found the mandatory CPR class she took the day came in handy — she used her new skills to save a teammate’s life.

Taylor Bisbee and her friends on the High Point, N.C.,Wesleyan Academy softball team were doing some base running. Suddenly eighth-grader Paris White collapsed.

“It was scary to see her fall like that. Cause I wasn’t expecting it,” Bisbee told One of White’s teammates dialed 911. But Bisbee was the one who immediately jumped into action and started performing CPR.“I just knelt down next to her and I just started,” Bisbee said. “It was really scary for me because it was the difference between life and death.”Minutes later, staff arrived on the scene with a defibrillator to get White’s heart beating again, according to Coach Donald Brewer. An ambulance took White to Duke University Hospital. It is unclear what caused the young girl’s collapse, but she is expected to make a full recovery.The experience has encouraged the fast-thinking Bisbee to pursue a career in medicine.The American Red Cross offers CPR training classes. Find an authorized provider and sign up!


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