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reese marlenee

Teen Survives Heart Attack and Urges Classmates to Learn CPR

Nearly nine months ago, first responders saved Reese Marlenee’s young life.

Last week, thankful to be alive, Marlenee welcomed rescuers to her high school to teach students the same lifesaving skills that saved hers.

“It’s important that everybody knows CPR, no matter how old they are,” said Marlenee, watching Valley Regional Fire Authority firefighters and paramedics teach teens the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in 10-minute stations scattered over the gymnasium floor at Auburn Mountainview High School. “It’s important to learn how to do CPR, because I’m 16 and I had a heart attack. You can be 80 or you can be 1 (and) have a heart attack.”

The Nov. 27 heart-awareness event was Marlenee’s DECA class project, and her opportunity to give something back. The VRFA, as it does for communities throughout its jurisdiction, welcomed the invitation, and joined Marlenee to organize the program.

“For her to recover the way that she did and to have the ability and the maturity to put on an event like this speaks a lot about her character,” said VRFA Capt. Ryan Freed, who kept three morning sessions of work stations rotating on time. “It would be really hard for someone her age to be able to reflect back on something like that. It’s trauma, and to actually to put herself out there and be vulnerable for the betterment of fellow students says a lot about her.”

Marlenee has come a long way since March 5 when she collapsed poolside at water polo practice and went into cardiac arrest. Her coach, Jenni Pritchard, and the Auburn School District pool’s well-trained lifeguards quickly came to the fallen girl’s aid, called 911. and methodically performed two-person CPR until emergency personnel arrived within minutes to relieve them.

Medics rushed Marlenee to Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Hospital in 23 minutes.

Three days later, Marlenee underwent six hours of corrective surgery at Seattle Children’s hospital, where doctors discovered she had a heart defect, a condition called ALCAPA (anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery) syndrome. It is a rare, congenital coronary artery anomaly that may cause dangerously poor cardiac function.

“Without CPR, she most likely would not be with us today,” said her mother, Jessica.

This Sunday, with the help of medicine, and the strong support of family and friends, Marlenee celebrates her 17th birthday.

Read the full article here: https://www.auburn-reporter.com/news/without-missing-a-beat/

13 year old boy saves coachs life by administering cpr

13 Year Old Boy Saves Baseball Coach’s Life by Administering CPR

A teenage baseball player from Arizona saved his coaches life by administering CPR and calling paramedics. His coach collapsed on the field, suffering a heart attack during practice drills.

Isaac Wenrich, a minor league baseball player with the Florence Freedom of Kentucky who coaches kids during the off-season, was running drills last month with eighth-grader Nathan Boyer in Chandler, Arizona.

The two were alone on the afternoon of March 28 when Wenrich, 26, collapsed.

“Nate knew to roll me over, he got my phone and called 911, he started CPR,” Wenrich told ABC News today. “I’m beyond thankful. I think the Lord brings people in your life for crazy reasons and he just happened to put Nate in mine.

“There’s not many kids out there like him.” Wenrich, who has been coaching Nathan for two years, said. “He is just such a hard worker with the most amazing personality. He is such a well-rounded 13 year old.

He added: “I wouldn’t be here today if he wasn’t in my life.”

Julie Boyer, Nathan’s mother, said, “Isaac has been a great mentor to Nathan. He moved in the middle of seventh-grade and it was a really hard transition for a kid. Anytime I felt like Nathan was down, Isaac would always give him a pep talk.”

Boyer described her son as determined, humble and hard-working. “He is not your typical 13-year-old. He does everything 110 percent,” she said of Nathan, who who was in school and unavailable to comment today.

Katy Huetter, Wenrich’s girlfriend, said, “Nathan had to do CPR for 4 minutes before the paramedics got there. They said if he didn’t do CPR, Isaac would be dead right now.”

“I never met him but now he’s part of our family.” Huetter said today, adding that Wenrich expects to play again this summer. “We want to honor this kid as much as we can; he is a hero.”

Source with video: https://abcnews.go.com/US/13-year-boy-saves-baseball-coachs-life-administering/story?id=38161374