Posted by Bob Trenkamp on 10/12/2011

A math teacher at East Central High School died Monday morning after collapsing before classes started, officials said.

Melinda Villegas, 23, a full-time math teacher for all grades at the high school, was with colleagues, who “immediately started assisting her and went to get our school nurse's assistant to administer CPR,” said Stevie Gonzales, an East Central Independent School District spokeswoman.

“EMS continued the CPR in transporting her to Mission Trail Baptist Hospital,” where she was pronounced dead around 8 a.m., Gonzales said.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/East-Central-teache…

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[note: the death is tragic enough, but there may be even more reason to wring our hands and scream:

The obvious concern when reading "...with colleagues, who “immediately started assisting her and went to get our school nurse's assistant to administer CPR." is the implication that nobody called 911 or started CPR before the Nurse's Assistant arrived. This also implies that nobody defibrillated her promptly at the scene.

The Phoenix airport has a ten year average survival from witnessed cardiac arrests with major brain functions intact of 75%, as opposed to a 6% survival rate with no worse than a CPC 2 score when all that is done is call 911 and wait for the ambulance. The answer is call 911, start CPR immediately, and defibrillate promptly.]