11-Year-Old Girl Saves Grandfather’s Life After Heart Attack
Thanks to CPR techniques that her school teacher had taught her days before, Eva was able to revive her grandfather after he suffered his second heart attack.
Days before, Eva Prévot’s P.E. teacher had taught the class how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). As chance would have it, that lesson was the most important so far in her young life.
This happy family, proud of their brave, young daughter and granddaughter, has not stopped receiving calls from journalists all over the world asking about the story.
Nevertheless, Eva herself, with a maturity out of the ordinary, remembers the importance that everyone receive training in something as basic as cardiopulmonary thrusts.
We never know when we’ll have to use it, and it is something that saves lives. The lives of people we love most.
Today, we recount for you this hope-inspiring story that occurred in La Coruña (Spain).
The day Eva’s grandfather suffered his second heart attack
It wasn’t the first time, because Grandfather Manuel’s heart had already “been broken” previously. It was not long since they came from the hospital after his first heart attack, and everyone was very eager for his recovery.
However, in reality, none of us are prepared for those unfair and unexpected punches that life brings us every once in awhile.
- Eva Prévot confirms that when it occurred, she was not yet 11 years old. It was at night, and she was in her room doing her chores when, all of a sudden, she heard shouts from her grandfather from the floor below.
Something was happening, and somehow, she had already guessed that her grandmother’s obvious desperation had something to do with her grandfather.
- Manuel had just suffered another heart attack. He was on the ground. Trembling and afraid, they called the emergency number, something that little Eva had to do because her grandfather was unable to react.
- Health professionals began giving Eva instructions about what to do. The first responders would not arrive immediately, and the girl had no option but to react, to have a clear mind, and to know how to act.
In a certain way, Eva knew very well what she should do. In the days leading up to the incident, she had received training from her P.E. teacher on how to perform a CPR chest thrust.
So remaining calm at each moment, the first thing she did was to determine if her grandfather Manuel had a pulse.
She didn’t recognize anything. Her grandfather was not breathing. So then, without a second thought, she began performing CPR maneuvers for 10 long minutes without stopping once, and with determination.
She was not going to allow her grandfather Manuel to leave them. It didn’t matter if her hands were very small, or if her grandmother–standing behind her–would not stop crying. In fact, she didn’t fail to encourage her for one moment. “Everything is going to be okay.”
And so it was. When the medics arrived, they relieved her of her duties. Mr. Manuel woke up hours later in the intensive care unit, where they told him what had happened: his granddaughter Eva had saved his life.
The chest thrust that saves lives
Manuel was in the hospital for two months. Now, after all those weeks and the help received from his granddaughter and from his family, he approaches life differently. He feels stronger and closer to his loved ones.
As for Eva, the first thing she did after seeing that her grandfather was well and that he was going to get past that second heart attack, she went to her school and thanked her teacher for having taught her how to carry out the CPR maneuver.
When her teacher heard the story, he couldn’t help becoming emotional and letting the tears fall.
In reality, we never come to know the importance that some actions have on other people. When teachers have a passion for education, there is nothing like seeing that “knowledge works and saves lives.”
For that reason, that P.E. teacher and Eva remind us once more of the importance of making it an obligation to prepare both children and adults in something as important as CPR–in schools and in every workplace.
On our part, we leave you with the following video, inviting you to practice with a dummy. We hope that you never have to do it, but if the occasion demands, don’t forget to remain calm and act with safety.
All of us are capable of saving lives. It is in our hands to make hearts beat again. Are you eager to learn? Are you also excited to teach those younger than you?