FREDERICK, MD — A nurse from the Martinsburg VA Center and his wife jumped in to save a football player at a recent football game.
V-A News identifies the nurse as a “Team Martinsburg Nurse Anesthetist” Jim Roupe.
He and his wife Jody, a cardiothoracic nurse practitioner, were attending their son’s high school football game in Frederick September 2nd when a player from the opposing team fell down on the field. When he didn’t get up, the coach and trainer ran out to assist, and then started desperately yelling for help.
“Jim and Jody ran down the bleachers, jumped the fence and ran to the boy’s side,” according to the story from the Veterans Affairs news outlet. ” The student was in cardiac arrest.
Jim and Jody began CPR before a defibrillator could be brought over. The student regained a pulse and Roupe stayed with him to monitor the youth until emergency services arrived.
The student, Winters Mill Football Player Greyson Lyons, was transferred by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
He had a defibrillator placed in his heart to help him deal with Long QT syndrome.
The Baltimore Sun reports Lyons was the honorary team captain September 16th for Winters Mill’s home opener against Francis Scott Key.