Boston EMS paramedics and a quick-thinking dispatcher came to the rescue of an asthmatic Roxbury girl who couldn't breathe early this morning.
The girl's parents called 911 shortly after midnight, and the dispatcher gave them directions on how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Paramedics from Ambulance 40 arrived 3 1/2 minutes later and, finding the girl in "severe respiratory distress," provided oxygen before taking her to Boston Medical Center, said EMS spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan.
The girl had had a cold for several days. Mehigan reminded residents that asthmatics, especially children, are at an increased risk for attacks if they have a cold or flu and should take extra precautions like an annual flu shot, a pneumonia vaccination, frequent hand-washing, and regular exercise.
For information on CPR classes in your area, check out www.cityofboston.gov/ems.
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