Amelia, VA—After a young athlete died on a baseball field and his teammates said the coaches didn't know CPR, we took a look at how the life-saving skill is taught and used locally. Now, a man who literally dropped dead at a high school choir concert says a quick-thinking teacher saved his life by administering CPR.
Brian Handy suffered a heart attack during the Annual Spring Concert in Amelia High School's auditorium last Thursday night. He started to feel ill towards the end of the concert.
"I got really hot and light headed and I got up and took about six steps and I was gone," recalls Brian.
His heart stopped beating, and Brian literally dropped dead. Brian's girlfriend Elaine Lee witnessed the terrifying scene.
"He fell face first into the corner of the auditorium," she recounts.
Benjy Morris, an agriculture teacher at Amelia High School, was in the auditorium, along with his wife, who is a nurse. When they saw Brian fall, they sprang into action.
"[My wife] took off to the corner and I ran down the hall to get the A.E.D just on case we needed it," Morris says.
Morris used the defibrillator and then began CPR; at this point, Brian's memory of the frightening ordeal gets foggy.
"The only thing I remember is someone doing chest compressions," he says.
After about 15-20 chest compressions, Brian started breathing again.
Morris says, "His arm came up and was kind of grabbing me on the arm."
Brian was immediately rushed to the hospital, where doctors confirmed that he's had a heart attack. A temporary defibrillator was implanted in his chest, and he suffered bruises on his face.
He says he will be forever grateful to Morris. "He deserves teacher of the year. He deserves a lot thank you's constantly."
Morris says he was just in the right place at the right time and was happy to pitch in.
"The Lord has a reason for him I just happened to be here and was able to help I'm glad I could help but it wasn't me that saved him."
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