Student uses new health lessons to help teacher in emergency

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Sweet and confident are two words that best describe Crestwood High School junior Saravia Wright.

The 17-year-old is a first-year student in the health science career cluster program at Sumter Career and Technology Center and talked this week about how she recently put into practice her new-found skills to potentially help save a Sumter School District teacher’s life.

Wright and Lakewood High School teacher Gayle Jennings were all smiles recently in reflecting on the events of Oct. 17, when the young nursing student jumped into duty on the spot when Jennings experienced a very high blood pressure episode at the career center.

While accompanying a group of Lakewood students on a field study tour of career and technical programs offered at the center, Jennings began to feel weak with a severe headache and could not look into the light. She told a staff member nearby of her symptoms.

Wright was also nearby, and when she heard the conversation, she immediately recalled that her cousin suffers from the same symptoms because of high blood pressure.

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