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Hometown Heroes: How This Afton Freshman's CPR Training Saved 70 Yr. Old's Life

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Oliviah Harris-Morris, a freshman at Afton Central School, never thought she would have to use her CPR training before she graduated from High School. 
On November 6, 2017, she was proven wrong while she was taking a lifeguard certification class.

In her class was a 70-year-old gentleman who had suddenly collapsed from an apparent heart attack upon exiting the pool.

Oliviah knew exactly where the AED was kept; it was part of the required CPR training that is given every year in Physical Education classes. 
While three of the Lifeguard Instructors worked on the victim, Oliviah hurried to retrieve the AED. 

The speed with which she acted was instrumental in saving the man's life. After open heart surgery at UHS Wilson Medical Center, he is now leading a normal life. 

Each year, more than 350,000 patients in the U.S. suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, about 90 percent of them die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a victim's chance of survival. 

Oliviah expressed how grateful she was that New York State is one of 26 states that make CPR training a requirement for graduation. "Without it, I might not have been part of a team that was instrumental in saving a man's life."