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MPS school nurse uses CPR to save student's life

School nurse saves studentAs school nurse Marlene Priewe entered Kilbourn School over the lunch period on a typical school day, a staff member immediately rushed her to the cafeteria where a three-year-old child lay unconscious and unbreathing.

With her coat still on, Priewe began chest compressions on the small boy, a student in the Head Start program. The chest compressions quickly expelled food from the boy’s airway and he began breathing.

The child had suffered a seizure while eating lunch and unbeknownst to staff, food had lodged in his airway.

Because of her quick action and knowledge of emergency procedures, the boy returned home safely that evening.

Project ADAM awardPriewe was honored with a Heart Hero award by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin through its Project ADAM initiative. The program works to save lives by preventing and responding to sudden cardiac deaths, and is named after a student from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Fire Department was also present to congratulate Priewe for receiving the award.

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