On Sunday, September 23, a 4-year-old boy submerged under water at Mayahayay Beach, Argao, Cebu. Thankfully, a responder from the Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) was able to save his life. A video of the boy’s revival was posted on Argao Skimboarding Association’s official Facebook page.
In the video, a man was already trying to revive the child when it got taken over by the MDRRMO rescuer. Proper Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) requires 30 chest compressions prior to executing two rescue breaths. This process is exactly how the rescuer did it on the boy. You will notice that while he was doing chest compressions, there were plenty of liquid coming out of the boy’s mouth.
Everyone held their breath as the boy was being revived. Finally, the boy regained consciousness. He was immediately given oxygen and was carried out straight to a clinic or a hospital. Everybody cheered and thanked the rescuer for his immediate and effective response.
The hero of the hour was later identified as Joseph Falcone. Joseph is one of the 16 responders of MDRRMO on standby. Chief of Argao MDRRMO expressed:
“For two years now, we have been operating 24/7 so we are trying to equip the right skillset to Argaoanons through training. All of Argao MDRRMO responders are speakers and trainers as well.”
Watch video here:
salamat sa maabtik na pag responde ni brah @ossie Epos GN Falcone ug ni neighbor totong from MDRRMO argao, sa pag revive sa bata na nalumos. #asacares palihug dli nato pasagdan ato mga bata maligo nga sila2x ra.
Posted by Argao Skimboarding Association on Saturday, September 22, 2018
Beyond the help of professional rescuers, it is also important that we ourselves are equipped with at least a little knowledge about first aid. It won’t hurt to educate ourselves about first aid, in fact, it may save us someday. We must keep in mind that not in every area of the world that we go to has a rescue team that could help you in case of emergencies.