WALTON COUNTY, Ga. — The parents of a Georgia teen is proclaiming the importance of learning how to use defibrillators after the device saved their daughter’s life.
The teen was playing in a volleyball game when she had a heart attack, WSB-TV reports.
As soon as 17-year-old Claire Crawford falls back, video shows staff and coaches rushing to her side. You can see the academic dean at Loganville Christian Academy sprint to the defibrillator. Then you can see Caire’s body jolt.
“We’re grateful. We feel God was in control and he put us where we supposed to be and there were no coincidences,” said Claire’s mom Lisa Crawford.
Claire’s parents have no idea why their daughter had a heart attack.
“I have no medical history, my wife doesn’t have medical history in our families that would cause this you just don’t know,” said Claire’s dad Eric Crawford.
While the Crawford family doesn’t have a history of cardiac problems, Claire says there were symptoms before her heart attack. She says she had pain in her shoulder and had surgery for it, but the burning sensation continued.
After Clarie was transported to the hospital, doctors found several unexplained blockages during their diagnosis. They then sent her to Emory where she underwent a triple bypass surgery.
Now, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is using Claire’s amazing story to promote Project S.A.V.E. DRILL and encourage more people to become CPR and AED certified.