College bus driver makes use of CPR to save lots of lifetime of 1-year-old in Ohio

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (WCMH) — A child not respiration, saved thanks partially to a quick-thinking bus driver in Ohio.

It occurred Friday morning whereas a Washington Courtroom Home faculty bus driver was on her route.


The motive force occurred to be pulling up when the child was not respiration. The motive force occurred to have one other driver on the bus together with her so getting off to assist and leaving the children was a no brainer, and, in fact, she needed to bear in mind her CPR coaching.

“I did two units of 4 compressions and 4 breaths,” stated Katrina Self, a faculty bus driver with the Washington Courtroom Home colleges.

Friday morning, Self did one thing she by no means needed to do earlier than — CPR.


“I lastly bought her to breathe,” Self stated. “It was shallow, however she was respiration.”

On a standard morning, Self begins up Bus 14, then goes out on the identical route she’s had for years, taking youngsters to Cherry Hill Major. It had been a standard Friday morning till she pulled as much as considered one of her stops.

“She opened the door and began yelling and screaming, ‘Name 911, I would like 911,’” Self stated.


It was a mom in determined want. Self stated she may see the mother at that cease in her home, holding her one-year-old baby, who wasn’t respiration.

“Most likely the very first thing that got here to thoughts, what if that was my child laying there,” Self stated.

So the bus driver’s motherly instincts and CPR coaching took over.


“It’s a mixture of each,” she stated. “I truthfully thought if I ever had to make use of it, I’d overlook learn how to do it. It simply kicked in after I noticed that child, she was lifeless.”

Self was capable of get the child respiration and stayed till Fayette County EMS arrived. EMS Director Rodney Record stated bystanders doing CPR can oftentimes be lifesaving.

“It may be a distinction between life and loss of life,” Record stated. “It might probably vastly enhance their odds of survival.”


Self calls the scholars she drives her bus infants. Friday, she took care of one other child, one which, due to her fast considering, may, in the future, be considered one of her bus infants as nicely.

“Forty-five to perhaps 50 seconds, appeared just like the longest seconds of my life,” she stated. “She simply type of lastly made eye contact with me and it was an excellent feeling.”

Self has been in contact with the child’s mom and stated the kid is recovering nicely.


Self stated she is just educated in CPR due to her job.

Based on the Ohio Division of Schooling’s web site, bus drivers don’t must be CPR educated, however the Washington Courtroom Home College District requires the coaching for his or her drivers.