Today’s HERO is called
Nefeli is only 14
years old and about a month ago, she and her classmates participated in our
National School Education Program that aims to train School Students and their
Educators in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-KIDS SAVE LIVES [GREECE].
A few days ago, Nefeli
and her sister Danae were playing in the swimming pool. Suddenly Nefeli saw her
sister drowning and within seconds she decided to act and take matters into her
own hands. Immediately after she recognized that her sister was not breathing, she
initiated CPR procedures, much to the surprise of the doctor who arrived at the
site along with the crew of the ambulance!
The incident took
place in Afidnes, Attica, Greece only a month after a team of 10
trainers and the Scientific Program Manager, Mr. Anastasis Stefanakis visited
the Anagennisi Schools [Antonopoulou School].
Nefeli was trained by
the volunteers of our program which is approved by the Ministry of Education,
Research and Religious Affairs for schools all over the country, and it is organized
and implemented exclusively by our homeland humanitarian organization KIDS SAVE
LIVES and the Hellenic Society for Emergency Pre-Hospital Care [scientific
program manager Anastasios Stefanakis, scientific responsible Varvara
Fyntanidou]. In this year alone, we managed to train over 12,000 students from
all over the country, just like Nefeli.
Incidents like this
make us proud of our hard work!!!
Little Danae, Nefeli’s
sister is the seventh[!!!] victim of a cardiac arrest that has returned to life
in Greece during the last two years, resuscitated by lay citizens who
participated in our educational program. It is the first time for the Greek
community that we see these numbers rising.
10-year-old Danae was
transferred to the Children's Hospital of Attica and today she is expected to
leave the Intensive Care Unit, since she is no longer at
Nefeli becomes one of the few children in
the world to bring a victim of cardiac arrest to life. Her example is very promising and
gives us strength to continue the effort for preparing the young rescuers of
This incident occurred
only 2 days after the 6th victim of a cardiac arrest [Saturday 19th of May] was
brought back to life by our trainer. This gave our team of about 340 active
volunteer trainers many reasons to celebrate!!!
KIDS SAVE LIVES- The
name of our Humanitarian organization is being justified every day!!!
Along with the
development of the KIDS SAVE LIVES program in the Greek schools, Kids save
lives organization and the Hellenic Society for Pre-Hospital Care certified
1,000 pupils [2013-2018] and multiple parents and teachers, in BLS in the past
year. In the same year, we developed a defibrillator network [AEDs] and a
project called NO NO GO [Is the victim Reacting? No. Breathing normally? No.
Then GO!!!] supported by the first National Defibrillator network of the
Country [www.kidssavelives.gr] where GPS take you to the nearest available
NO NO GO project is an
attempt to simplify the guidelines to make the resuscitation and early
identification of victims of cardiac arrest easy, suitable for children and
ordinary citizens. The project is supported by students, parents, educators and
the community. With the aim to achieve immediate and quality response in cases
of a sudden cardiac arrest, in accordance with the ERC guidelines, new AEDs
were placed in schools, villages, churches, and other such public spaces.[NO NO
GO scientific responsible, Anastasios Stefanakis.]
Danae we wish you a
full recovery! NEFELI YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!
#Share this story. Greece, the last country of
Europe to revive victims of cardiac arrest, CHANGES, thanks to a program
launched in 2010 by the schools of Halkidiki !!