Teamwork Saves Man’s Life

“All I did was my job.”

If it was only that easy for Doane Assistant Athletic Trainer Micaela Kelso-Otieno. Doing her job is what saved a man’s life on the morning of September 24.

What was a busy day on the Doane campus already as there was home cross country, football, and soccer, became a little more hectic when Kelso-Otieno heard the cry for help.

At the conclusion of the men’s cross country race, the plea for help and for someone to contact 911 made its way through the air. An elderly gentleman, in obvious distress as Kelso-Otieno stated, was struggling to breathe as family members sought help. Doane alum Jillian (Ourada) Peavy also heard the cry for help and as she looked up, she saw Kelso-Otieno sprint over towards a group of people. Sensing something was wrong, Peavy dropped her belongs and sprinted over as well.

Kelso-Otieno and Peavy, who is a Physicians Assistant (PA) student in Lincoln and was on campus to run for the women’s alumni team in the previous race, helped the man to the ground just before he lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

Both checked for a pulse and were unable to find one, forcing the duo to start CPR. At approximately the 20th chest compression from Kelso-Otieno, Peavy was able to detect a pulse while also securing his airway. From that point, they continued to monitor the man until paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital. He was released from the hospital a few days later.

“Micaela was a rock star in the situation,” Peavy said. “It all happened so fast but we made a great team.”

Kelso-Otieno said on the other hand, “it was nothing special, just doing my job.”

Doane Athletics plans to recognize the duo at halftime of the football game on October 29 against Dordt.