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Eighth-grader saves brother’s life

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W.A. Pattillo eighth-grader Quantavious Pittman, 13, second from right, hugs his brother Khamani Pittman, 6, while posing with his mother Otika Pittman, left, and his teacher Theresa Glast on Friday at W.A. Pattillo Middle School in Tarboro.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Saturday, March 23, 2019

TARBORO — An ex­ceptional stu­dent at W.A. Pattillo Mid­dle School re­vived his lit­tle brother ear­lier this month with spe­cial skills he learned at school.

Quan­tavi­ous Pittman, 13, is an eighth-grade stu­dent in Theresa Glast’s Ex­cep­tional Chil­dren’s class. On March 1, he put the CPR skills he learned at school to work when his lit­tle brother Khamani, 6, lost con­scious­ness at home and could not be awak­ened.

“Khamani had been run­ning around scream­ing that his stom­ach hurt and then he passed out and blacked out dead and we couldn’t get him to wake up,” Quan­tavi­ous said. “After that part, I couldn’t feel his pulse and he was not re­spond­ing; I got him on the floor and saved his life do­ing CPR. Coach Jones taught me that a cou­ple of months ago and I can’t be­lieve I still re­mem­bered that.”

The boys’ mother, Otika Pittman, said she had taken Khamani to the doc­tor the day be­fore for stom­ach pains and noth­ing was iden­ti­fied as be­ing wrong. But the pain that Fri­day night was even worse.

“This time it was re­ally se­vere. He was scream­ing and hol­ler­ing like he was in a lot of pain. He sank onto the floor next to Quan­tavi­ous and told him he loved him and the next thing I know, he just blanked out,” Otika Pittman said. “At first I thought he was play­ing, but he wouldn’t wake up and his mouth was clamped shut. By that time, I was pan­ick­ing and call­ing 911.”

But Quan­tavi­ous knew what to do thanks to the ef­forts of his coach, who taught him CPR, and his teacher, who in­sisted that her stu­dents should have the op­por­tu­nity to learn CPR along with the other eighth-grade stu­dents in school. Qua­n­tav­i­ous said he used mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion and chest com­pres­sions to save his brother’s life.

“It is re­quired that eighth-grade stu­dents learn CPR, but stu­dents in EC class­rooms are not re­quired to learn this and they are of­ten over­looked,” Glast said. “I en­sured that my stu­dents got the same train­ing as the stu­dents in the reg­u­lar class­room. I felt they should all be taught the same.”

Glast feels like Quan­tavi­ous’ ac­tions val­i­dated her po­si­tion.

“I am proud of him. This just con­firms what I have said be­fore. Th­ese stu­dents have the right to be taught the same in­for­ma­tion as the stu­dents in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion,” Glast said.

His mother said she is glad Qua­ntavi­ous had this train­ing. Khamani was trans­ported to Vi­dant Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Greenville af­ter the in­ci­dent and now is back home, safe and sound.

“I don’t know what would have hap­pened if Quan­tavi­ous had not been there. I am grate­ful that his teacher made sure he learned this skill,” Otika Pittman said.

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