Martinsville man's life-saving effort emphasizes importance of CPR classes

By Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter
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MARTINSVILLE (WSLS 10) - "Is she breathing? 'Is she breathing, Theo?' 'No!' 'I don't know what she's doing, but she's not breathing.'"

That was part of the conversation between Theodore Green, Jr., his wife, and 911 dispatcher Maria Lemons.

On April 18th, 2016 Green, Jr. found his mother unresponsive in their home.

He began CPR while his wife called 911.

"He's pressing on her heart now," his wife told Lemons.

"Okay. Is he trained in CPR? Does he know how," asked Lemons.  "Yes, he's trained,"Green, Jr.'s wife replied.

Just two weeks earlier, Green, Jr. took a CPR class offered by the company he works for.

He never thought he would ever have to actually perform CPR, let alone on his mother.

Thursday night, he, his mother, and Lemons were honored at the Martinsville Fire Department's awards ceremony.

"When her eyes rolled back and she collapsed, I took her pulse. There was no pulse, so I automatically panicked. But, the 911 call calmed me down," Green, Jr. recalled.

"Listen to me. I'm going to help you, okay," said Lemons.

"I just kept thinking what the trainers told us; the breaths and the repetitions," said Green, Jr. recalling what was going through his mind as he preformed CPR on his mother.

His mother couldn't hold back tears as she listened to the 911 tape being played Thursday night.

"I have a machine that you breath in and I remember breathing in and that's all I remember," said Green, Jr.'s mother Jane Gaines.

She thanked God when she learned what her son had done.

"I was thanking God. I was really thanking God," Gaines said.

Lemons says the outcome is what makes her job worth it.

"Very seldom do we get to hear the outcome. So, when we do get to hear the outcome and it's a positive one it's very rewarding," Lemons explained.

Both Green, Jr. and Martinsville Fire Chief Ted Anderson hope this will encourage everyone to take a CPR class.

"Go take CPR. You never know," said Green, Jr.

"We can't stress enough for everybody out there...please go out and take a CPR class," said Chief Anderson.

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