A Martinsville man was recognized at the annual Martinsville Fire & EMS awards ceremony Thursday night after performing CPR to save his mother’s life.
“I remember breathing in,” said Jane Gaines, a Martinsville resident who stopped breathing one day last year. “That’s all I remember. Until I was in Roanoke Hospital when I woke up.”
“I took her pulse, and there was no pulse,” said Theodore Green, Jane’s son. “So I automatically panicked.”
Green said he then had to perform CPR. It’s a skill not everyone is familiar with, but luckily for Green and his mother, he had just taken a CPR training class two weeks earlier.
“I thought I was just taking it just for the future,” he said. “But you never know when you might need it.”
“It was the best decision of his life – my life, too,” Gaines laughed. “Best decision of our life.”
Also honored at the awards ceremony was 911 dispatcher Maria Lemons, who guided Green through CPR over the phone to help save his mother’s life.
“It’s very seldom do we get to hear the outcome,” Lemons said. “So when we do get to hear an outcome and it’s a positive one, it’s very rewarding.”
All three agree that CPR is a skill everyone should learn.
“I just want other people to understand it can happen to anybody,” Green said. “Be prepared.”
“If you’ve got a live-in mother or live-in father, please take the test,” Gaines said. “Take the CPR test.”
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