Region 8 nursing student saves man's life

Breana Bader (Source: KFVS)
Breana Bader (Source: KFVS)
Robert McCoy (Source: KFVS)
Robert McCoy (Source: KFVS)

By Christy Millweard

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Breana Bader, a nursing student at Three Rivers College, was working at her family's peach farm last summer when two men came to buy peaches. Once they climbed back into their truck, one of the men began honking the horn to signal for help.

"We turned around and looked and he was slouched over in his front seat," said Bader. "I went out there and I told one of my cousins to call 911. At that time he wasn't breathing, didn't have a pulse, so I started CPR right then."

The first year nursing student continued CPR on Robert McCoy until he finally woke up.

"Probably about ten, 15 minutes of CPR, he took a deep breath, and came to, knew his name, knew where he was from. It didn't phase him, he was just looking at me like 'What are you doing?'" said Bader.

"I don't remember much from that day," said McCoy.  

Even though Bader was there, she didn't realize what she was doing until later.

"Afterwards is when I started to freak out and was like oh my gosh, what just happened?" said Bader.

What happened, was Robert McCoy's body was going into cardiac arrest.

"I wouldn't been here if it wasn't for her," said McCoy.

"I didn't really have time to react because I knew he needed help," said Bader.

But the help didn't stop there. Due to Bader's quick work, medics were able to take a back seat in a normally hands-on job.

"We didn't have a job after that occurred because the patient was in great shape, alert, conscious, breathing, and we just took the patient to the hospital," said Sam Roberts, a member of the Air Evac Team.

"Really Bader has the skill, ability and the heart behind it, she just needed to learn to take a deep breath and focus, and do what she needed to do," said Staci Cambell, one of Bader's nursing teachers.

One man will never forget Bader and what she "needed to do," and Bader will never forget him.

"Cause I think about him everyday and every night," said Bader. "I pray for him just like I pray for my own family because he's such an impact on my life."

"I feel great, I feel better than I did before," said McCoy.

"They're like you're going to make a great nurse, I'm like I hope so!" said Bader.

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