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Valdosta Bus Monitor saves child

November 6, 2006

Valdosta - A bus monitor in Valdosta saved the life of a little girl.

Minnie Jenkins is a substitute bus monitor for special needs students at Valdosta City Schools.

She noticed 3-year old Deshonte Walker was breathing irregularly and by the time they arrived at her house, the child had stopped breathing.

Jenkins performed CPR on the child, who started breathing shortly after.  Jenkins learned CPR after her 2-year old son died in 1974 from breathing complications.

She says the experience brought back those painful memories.  "I panicked and I didn't know what to do and he did and all this was running through my mind when I was doing this and I kept looking at the mother and how afraid she was and I know how she felt."

This was the first time she used CPR.  After this experience, she'll continue to be re certified each year and urge others to get certified in first aid as well.

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