Who says learning CPR is of no use? Every year, a number of victims are being saved through this life saving technique. And this is how a teenager in Oswego saved the life of a man.
On the evening of January 11th, the 16-year old girl Ariana Castillo along with her teammates was starting her routine Sunday practice for Oswego Outlaw softball at the Aurora indoor facility of the team shared with an Aurora 14U baseball team. Suddenly, the Oswego High School junior heard some strange noises.
Ariana told Only Oswego News and Views that, “We had just finished our throwing warmups and were going to start doing drills, I suddenly heard a big sound of something crash and turned around and across the warehouse one of the baseball coaches was on the ground with a screen (netting shield) on top of him and his other assistant coaches helping get it off. Then they started slapping his face gently, screaming his name and instantly I right away knew something was wrong.”
Lee James, the Outlaws Coach explained that the teenager ran towards the crowd to check if the fallen coach was alright, and if she could help in anyways. She tried to comfort the son of the coach who was extremely worried about his father illness. After her teammates’ arrival on the spot, Ariana once again asked the assistant baseball coaches if she could help them out and that was the moment when she suddenly realized that being CPR trained she could help by performing CPR on the fallen coach.
“I asked the coaches if there was anything I could do and what I should do. One of the assistant baseball coaches, told me to go in his car and grab a (first responder) bag, so I did. Then as I came inside it kind of just clicked that I knew CPR and was certified. I practically screamed out “I know CPR! I know CPR! Do you want me to do it!?”
Thus, the teenager carried out 2 sets of thirty chest compression after bearing out that the coach had no pulse. As soon as the Aurora paramedics arrived, Ariana had cleared the liquid from the air passage of the man.
According to Coach James, “Ariana is an amazing young woman, she showed no hesitation. This was one of those life-defining moments.”
Wendy Castillo (Ariana’s mother) explained that the coach got a severe heart attack that night and was in coma for a number of days after this incident. The coach is showing improvements; however, is still on the road to recovery.
“I was told that one of the paramedics and his doctor said that it was the CPR that saved his life. Hearing that was probably one of the greatest things ever. In that moment I knew I had truly helped save someone. I’m honestly so grateful to have taken sophomore gym at OHS because Mrs. Ziefert was the one who taught me how to perform CPR when I took that class.”
Thus, it was Ariana’s knowledge of CPR which let her saved a person’s life and turned her out into a hero.