Eighth-grader saves brother’s life
BY AMELIA HARPER
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.