DOVER, Del.- A 15-year-old girl from Kent County is being lauded by some as a hero for delivering CPR earlier this month to a woman who suffered a medical emergency while driving.
Audrey Hastings said she and her parents were driving to her summer gym class at Caesar Rodney High School on July 18 when they saw the car in front of them veer off Wyoming Mill Road.
Hastings said she and her family were joined by a neighbor living in the area and eventually were able to get the woman who crashed out of the car.
While on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, Audrey said she was asked to perform CPR.
"The man told me to start doing chest compressions, so he had me count out loud with him as I was doing it. It was like '1, 2, 1, 2,'" she said.
Audrey said first responders eventually made it to the scene and brought the woman to Kent General for treatment, but not after rendering some care at the scene.
"They shocked her with the defibrillator three times and she still hadn't started breathing again so we were really scared," she said.
Angelic Pariseau of Felton said the woman inside the car was her friend Caitlin and felt Audrey's actions were life-saving. Both Audrey and Caitlin were able to meet last week.
Pariseau said her friend was receiving for treatment and recovering at the hospital last week for a heart issue.
"[Audrey] jumped in there," she said. "No hesitation and to do what she could to keep Caitlin alive."
Hastings said she had only been trained to do CPR on children when she was a Girl Scout in preparation for baby sitting.
However, Hastings said that training helped her during the roadside emergency.
"Anyone could have been there helping her and if they didn't know what to do, she could have not made it," she said.
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