Early CPR saves boy in Joppa on Memorial Day

AmbulanceUPDDATE: Sadly, Zephaniah Muchele has died from his injuries – details here.

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JOPPA, MD – Early CPR helped save the life of an 11-year-old boy in Joppa on this Memorial Day.

At about 1:45 p.m. on Monday, 911 operators received a call for a child that was found unresponsive and not breathing in a private pool on Neptune Drive in Joppa.

While emergency crews were being dispatched, the 911 operator remained on the line and provided CPR instructions to the caller.

At just before 2 p.m., a Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company member who lives nearby arrived at the home and reported that the child wasn’t breathing and that he had no pulse.

The member took over and began EMT-level basic life support.

A JMVFC Paramedic Unit arrived at 2 p.m. and initiated advanced life support.

By the time the boy had arrived at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, his heart was beating again.

Medical professionals at the hospital stabilized the boy and called for a helicopter transfer to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.

The child remains in critical condition at this hour.

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