SPRING, TX (KTRK) -- CPR training may have saved the life of a Spring Middle School student who stopped breathing Monday morning.
It happened at around 9:45am at Claughton Middle School. The 12-year-old 6th grade student who the district said has had ongoing health issues, stopped breathing in class.
That's when the school said staff members in the classroom, led by Eric Rodriguez, a retired Air Force veteran with years of experience as a medic.
"I was not going to stop until I got him back," Rodriguez said. "I was trained that you do your best, to the best of your ability every day, and then you go home to your family."
Together, they were able to revive the student.
"This was definitely a team effort," said David Baxter, Claughton principal. "Staff members in the classroom responded quickly, working as a team to begin CPR and call both the nurse and 911."
The student was transported to Texas Children's Hospital along with his parent and a Claughton staff member. School counselors have been assigned to assist the staff and students who will be available as long as needed.
According to Spring ISD, every campus and facility is required to have a response team trained to administer CPR and use automatic electronic defibrillators located at each site
Spring ISD school staff members jump into action when student stops breathing