Teachers Save 12-year-old Girl who Collapsed in Long Island School

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (WABC) -- A young girl from Long Island is recovering and thankful that she had a few guardian angels looking out for her.
 
Looking at 12-year-old Jessica Lemus now, you would have no idea that she nearly died two months ago.
 
"I just fainted," she said. "I don't remember."
 
Jessica was in class at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown when she suddenly collapsed.
 
"When I got over to her, we noticed she wasn't breathing," science teacher Ann Marie Carlson said. "She had no pulse."
 
In fact, young Jessica's heart had stopped beating. A group of teachers quickly rushed in to help.
 
"You prepare for it, you learn it year after year, but you never think you're going to have to use it," science teacher Meghan Olsen said.
 
She was turning blue as the teachers began performing CPR.
 
"Even though I've taught it hundreds of times, when you're in that situation and everything is going through your head and trying to make sure that you're doing it correctly," health teacher Jordan Dasch said.
 
Jessica's heart stopped for seven minutes, and it took three shocks from a defibrillator to bring her back to life.
 
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