by Airman 1st Class Kiana Brothers
375 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
9/11/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- A 9-year-old boy would not be alive today if not for the quick action and skills of two Scott AFB nurses.
Capts. Michelle Trujillo and Linda Clarkson, both with the 375th Medical
Group, spent the Labor Day weekend camping at Lost Valley Lake Resort
in Owensville, Missouri., when they noticed a child being brought out of
the water and people gathered around.
"I grabbed Trujillo by the arm and said 'let's go!'" said Clarkson. The
child was laying on the bank when they finally reached him, and without
thinking they both yelled to call 9-1-1.
The boy was blue and unresponsive, and when they checked for a pulse
they couldn't find one. Trujillo started compressions and Clarkson took
control of his airway.
"Before we knew it, we were both down in position and starting CPR,"
said Clarkson. "I keep saying this is what we train for, and this is
what we do, because it was over whelming and nerve wrecking."
Trujillo added, "We continued doing compression until, finally, he
started breathing on his own. After we got the boy to breathe on his own
again, the ambulance arrived."
They explained that they were near a small swim area with a lot people
in the lake. The boy, Isaiah West, was there for the weekend and his dad
was at the scene. According to the sheriff's report, three teens "felt
something under water" and immediately pulled Issiah out of the
chest-deep water and onto shore.
"We've talked about it a couple times, and thinking back on it and we
just did what we were supposed to do," she said. "We stayed calm and
relied on our training to get us through the situation. We know we have
been trained well, and we gave that family back their son. We have the
satisfaction of knowing that little boy is alive and back at school."
Since the incident, they've kept in touch with family who said they are
"extremely grateful" and have sent pictures of Issiah coloring and
smiling as if "nothing really happened."
All the attention from local media and base officials have been a way for them to encourage others to learn and know CPR.
"We're hoping that individuals take the opportunity to learn CPR. People
on that beach felt helpless because they were not prepared," Clarkson
If an Airman is in a situation that they are trained to handle, they
should definitely step up whether it be medical or nonmedical, said
Lost Valley Lake and Issiah's parents plan to host a celebration for all
those who had a hand in saving his life. The resort also wants to
incorporate CPR training into the event for their staff members and
their guests in hopes to become more prepared.