A volunteer first aid trainor of Philippine Red Cross Tarlac Chapter successfully resuscitated a five-year old boy who drowned in a swimming pool during a house blessing in San Rafael, Bamban, Tarlac.
Last February 5, 2017, the boy, Edzel Salunga, was recovered from the deeper side of the pool and was found not breathing anymore.
“When I saw my child not breathing and with no pulse, I totally broke down. I don’t really know what happened next. All I saw was that someone from the house quickly went to Edzel and immediately applied CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation),” said the boy’s mother Katrina Salunga.
The one who performed the CPR was Eutiquo Pareña, a Red Cross volunteer first aid instructor. Pareña quickly applied CPR and first aid when the child was resuscitated.
“When I found out that the child is no longer breathing, I immediately performed CPR. After two cycles of CPR, the child coughed and vomited,” said Pareña.
After the recovery stage, Edzel was transferred to the nearest hospital and was later transferred to the Tarlac Provincial Hospital due to excessive fluid in the lungs and for further medical treatment.
“My heart is filled with joy and gratitude after what happened. If not because of Red Cross and the training that Mr. Pareña had, I won’t be able to see my child anymore. Thank you for giving my child another life,” said Katrina.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon commended Pareña for his quick action that saved the child. “It is moments like this that define our commitment to humanity. By helping the most vulnerable whenever and wherever we are, we can ensure that ties among family members are kept intact,” said Gordon.
“Because of our trained volunteers, we were able to provide swift response. That’s why you should join the Red Cross. Be one of our volunteers,” added Gordon.