Ja’shauna King, a senior in the Medical Science Academy at Boynton Beach Community High School never thought her high school lessons would have life-changing results, but she is now the second student this school year from Boynton Beach High’s Medical Academy to use the skills they have learned in the program to save someone’s life.
King and her mother were stopped at an intersection when they noticed that the driver of the car next to theirs was unconscious. King told her mom to pull over so that she could offer assistance.
“I checked her pulse and breathing,” King said. “She had no pulse, but she was breathing very little. I started to apply chest compressions which I did for five minutes until the paramedics arrived.”
The Medical Sciences Honors program at Boynton Beach High offers an innovative, integrated learning environment designed to provide students with the medical skills and training necessary to succeed in post-secondary healthcare career education and/or to successfully transition into the healthcare workforce.
While in the program, student clinical rotations are conducted at area hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Clinical clearance, including a background check and drug screening, are required prior to entering the clinical setting.
King, who also attended the Bio-Medical Science Academy at Lake Worth Middle School, plans to become a paramedic through the program offered by Palm Beach State College.
“I was very glad I was there,” she said. “I feel good knowing that I saved someone’s life and that I was there in that situation.”