Gregory said she had been training teachers and other staff at the school for the past few weeks.
“I had so much practice at how to do it that my body just took over,” said Gregory. “Within about 20 minutes the EMTs were there to take over. They loaded her on the ambulance and were able to get her to medical care,” she said.
Leon-Lopez is expected to recover fully and is grateful for Gregory’s quick thinking and the nearby kit.
In 2017, Georgia launched the nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign, that puts knowledge gained by first responders and our military into the hands of the public to help save lives by stopping heavy bleeding in emergency situations.
“Gov. Nathan Deal has been a strong advocate of the program and played a key role in launching the initiative to fund training and equip all Georgia Public Schools with bleeding control kits,” said Krista Lowe, a school nurse specialist with the Georgia Department of Education.
The Stop the Bleed kit contains tourniquets, gauze and gloves as well as instructions. Prior knowledge isn’t mandatory, but it helps. And the kits are available for purchase by anyone. Gregory said she’s now the biggest advocate of the program.
“I’m going to put one in my car, and I’m going to urge everyone I know to take the training,” she said. “This would be good to have in the event of a car wreck or any other kind of accident where seconds could mean the difference between life and death.”