11-y-o saves classmate by giving CPR
Eleven-year-old Tamoya Dacres, a grade six student at King Weston Infant and Primary School in rural St Andrew, is being hailed as a hero by her community after reviving a classmate who had lost consciousness after lunch last Friday.
Tamoya performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on classmate Tyreke Beverley, who was later rushed to hospital. An account of the incident that was shared with THE STAR detailed that the children had just returned to their classroom, when Tyreke complained of feeling ill. Initially, his classmates thought it was a prank but grew concerned when Tyreke, who is a football enthusiast, started to tremble. Two male students managed to lay him on the ground and went to get assistance. However, Tamoya interlocked her fingers and began to press against the ill child's chest.
"That little girl (Dacres), she said a two time him dead in her hands. She lay him on the ground and pump him and my son dead back again two minutes after and she start pump him again. When I saw her, me say 'Watch me likkle doctor weh save me child life?' Me affi ask her where she find that bravery. Me affi ask her how she do it because I could not do it," said a teary-eyed Nickeha Hunter, Tyreke's mother.
Hunter shared that she received a call from the school about 1 p.m., informing her that her child was feeling sick and needed medical attention immediately. She rushed frantically from her workplace, leaving her personal belongings behind to meet the teachers and principal at the medical centre.
"The doctors there referred him to Bustamante (Hospital for Children) and he was on the bed with the tickers on his chest, heart, legs, on feet, doing tests. But it came out normal. Me did a cry, me did a cry and me say 'Jesus, me left it to you'. I could never repay her but I thank her very much. I couldn't wait fi tell her thanks, thanks for her bravery," Hunter added.
Tyreke stayed overnight in the hospital under doctor's observation, and was instructed to do follow-up tests and scans. The cause of his illness has not yet been confirmed.
"I am still emotional about it because I look at it that I could lose him. How did she even know to do that (CPR) to get him back and she still insist to pump him again to get him back? She is a hero, she needs to be recognised," Hunter declared, stressing that Tamoya should receive a national honour for her actions.
For Everton Dacres, Tamoya's father, it was hard to conceal his joy after hearing of her bold move to save another person's life. He reflected how his daughter came home from school and told him how she performed CPR on her friend, but did not believe her.
"When she tell me, me a say 'No man, nutten nuh guh suh'. But she say 'Yes daddy, a two time him heart stop. Me gi him CPR and him heart shut off and me do it again and him get up back the second time. So when the teacher call me in the evening time now me say 'Oh Tamoya, a true yuh a talk'. Me feel real good say she a 11-year-old and she know how fi do that and save somebody life; it's a joy," Dacres, a farmer and shopkeeper told the news team.
He shared further that he could not say where his daughter learned the lifesaving procedure but said she watched a lot of television and YouTube videos. He seconded Hunter's submission that his daughter should be recognised.
"It would be a good thing for her and the community," the proud father said.