The student Bianca Onita, from the 74th class of Nutrition of the Public Health School of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), participated on the Kids Save Lives Brazil training, currently offered as a discipline at the Medical School of USP (discipline MSP4060) and testifies on saving her grandfather from complete choking during a meal: “First of all I would like to thank every professor, professional and student who is a part of the Kids Save Lives Brazil discipline of FMUSP and help disseminating it. My grandfather Akira choked badly, on May 16th of 2020, and stopped breathing, he started to get purple and loose his forces to cough. If it wasn’t for the maneuver I learned at the Kids Save Lives Brazil, I believe I wouldn’t have been able to save him. I thank them with all my heart!”
Prof. Naomi Kondo Nakagawa, from the Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department and one of the coordinators of Kids Save Lives Brazil, said: “When Bianca told me about the event, it showed me that, beyond the love for her grandfather, she rapidly recognized and readily acted with competence facing an urgent situation, which is what saved Mr. Akira’s life. The Kids Save Lives Brazil program that trains lay people of the school community to develop knowledge, skills and behaviors in the identification of signs and symptoms of the first actions of acute stroke, cardiorespiratory arrest and complete choking in adults, children and infants, such as other similar programs, have shown its great importance to the school community (elementary school, middle school and superior education) because there is no way to quantify the value of a saved live!”
Prof. Marcelo Calderaro, from the Neurology Department of FMUSP and a coordinator of the Kids Save Lives Brazil, states “news such as this are worth every second of this project! And great for Mr. Akira to have such a dedicated granddaughter!”.