NSU-Ft. Myers Student Rescues Drowning Child
April 11, 2012
On March 25th, 2nd year PA Student Nicole Reynolds, about to begin her Internal Medicine rotation for Nova Southeastern-SW Florida’s PA Program, had just arrived in Clewiston seeking the apartment that she would be staying in during her clinical rotation. While driving through a neighborhood in circles, lost while trying to find her apartment, she came around a corner and encountered a situation that would forever change her life, and ultimately save another.
was a young girl in the road waving her arms and crying. I rolled down my window
and asked what was wrong and she pointed to the pool and yelled "My
brother, my brother’".
immediately pulled her car over and ran over to the gate of the local community
swimming pool, where she found a crying mother speaking in Spanish and pointing
at the pool. It quickly became
obvious to Nicole that a child was at the bottom of that pool.
Apparently her child had snuck away earlier and squeezed through the gate
and fallen into the pool, unbeknownst to the mother.
The mother did not know how to swim and apparently was also unable to
squeeze through the gate or scale over it.
at that moment that I'm just going to go, I just reacted," Nicole told
NaplesNews.com last week. "You get that adrenaline rush and you do what you
think you should do."
just dropped my keys, kicked off my shoes and dove in,” Nicole recently told
me, after contacted when her NapleNews.com story was discovered by FAPA leaders.
“When I got the kid out of the water, I took one look at him and knew that I
needed to start CPR. He had no pulse and was severely cyanotic. After nearly 5
minutes of CPR I noticed him start to spit up water and saw his chest moving. At
that point I checked and he had a strong carotid pulse. EMS/Fire/Police showed
up soon after and took him to Hendry Regional Medical Center.”
surprise me she would do something like that," Brenda Diaz, Reynolds'
professor and academic adviser, told NaplesNews.com. "We strive to prepare
these individuals to not only do their job well, but to do it with compassion,
humility and a deep sense of caring. This is a perfect example of that."
Nicole tells us
that the child, who she guesses is around the age of 5 or 6, is alive and well,
and was discharged from the hospital sometime last week.
It was a great feeling to be able to help someone outside
of the medical setting and I feel that PA programs do an excellent job of
preparing us to do so,” Nicole tells me. “We are trained to get to know our patients, to listen to
them, and to care about them. I know my classmates would have done the same
thing in my position and that is why I feel like this is a victory for all of us
and a testament as to what we can do. I have loved this profession since the day
I set foot in the classroom and am so excited to get started on my career in
Those of us in FAPA are extremely proud of Nicole, as I am sure
many people are, for her heroic selfless deed.
Courage, Compassion and Devotion are what exemplify this great physician
assistant profession of ours, and Nicole Reynolds is a shining example of these
traits. We are all deeply inspired
by Nicole’s story and are proud to have her as a soon-to-be member of our
great profession, as well as a member of the Florida Academy of Physician
Eric S. Smith, MMS,
story was also featured on April 6th by NaplesNews.com and can be
found at: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/apr/06/naples-woman-revives-boy-found-at-bottom-of-a/
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