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A Hero’s Perspective on Saving a Life

Liz on the court

Terry Smith, Aurora, IL - hero to Liz Pearlman (Liz's story)

"It wasn't the first time I did CPR. So, I had a little bit of background with it. But not with someone as fit and young as Liz!" Terry said emphatically. It was first day of basketball practice, Terry was head athletic trainer and knew Liz well. He had them do a bit of extra running at the end of the session.

"It was strenuous, but there was nothing that day that would make you think anything was wrong," Terry explained.

He watched them finish up the last run, and saw Liz lay down in the middle of the court. He felt like walking over and saying "Come on getup, Pearlman!" but something wasn't right. Instead, Terry noticed that her face was odd, and she was taking strange, deep breaths. He went over for a closer look, with some foreboding.

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