Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 28

Make-A-Wish Surprises Student with Dream Trip Middle School Staff Save Life of Student-Athlete A day of afternoon recreation at Danny Jones Middle School turned into a terrifying moment after one of the players passed out on the football field. At first, students thought eighth-grader Jeffrey Cotton had slipped and fell. When he wasn’t responding, the nearby coaches sprang into action by calling 9-1-1, alerting the crisis team, conducting CPR chest compressions and getting the automated external defibrillator (AED) in hopes of regaining the student’s vital signs. The school nurse later helped to administer the AED, and the students blocked off traffic and guided the ambulance to the field. Cotton was transported to a local hospital. Doctors said the quick thinking of everyone involved is what helped save the eighth-grader’s life. The coaches thanked the district’s mandatory AED, CPR and first-aid training for allowing them to be prepared for the emergency situation. Cotton returned to school days later after having a defibrillator successfully implanted into his chest for his enlarged heart. Creel said he is most excited to tour the Tower of London. I f you ask 16-year-old Andrew Creel the one place in the world he’d like to visit, he’ll tell you with certainty that it’s London. The Mansfield High School sophomore is intrigued with the castles, towers and other historic landmarks. Creel never knew if he’d be able to make the trip across the pond, though, because traveling has become much harder. He was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 2 years old, meaning he loses his strength and ability to get around. With the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation, his dream to travel to London came true. The organization, which grants wishes to children with critical illnesses, coordinated with school officials and Creel’s parents to surprise the student with the news on campus. It’s a trip they said they will cherish for the rest of their lives. “This will more than likely be the last international trip that Andrew will be able to take,” said James Creel, Andrew’s dad, as he fought back tears. “It’ll be really special for us, and we thank Make-A-Wish for making this happen.” Coaches visited Cotton throughout his hospital stay. 26 Mansfield School & Family The Make-A-Wish Foundation was granted wishes for more than 285,000 children since its inception in 1980. Mansfield School & Family 27