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Zumbrota-Mazeppa dance team coach saves a life


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Many people take CPR classes but few have to put it into practice with only seconds notice.

Last week at a dance competition Zumbrota-Mazeppa Dance Team Coach and John Marshall High School teacher Jennifer Stumm saved the life of a one-year old boy who is the son of another team's coach.

Stumm's team was minutes away from performing their routine during the state tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis when Stumm noticed a young girl from another team frantic for help.

She jumped into action and began performing CPR while someone else dialed 911. CPR was something she had prepared for but never expected to use.

Stumm explains, "There was a half a second of panic and then after that I just didn't have time to panic. I went right into look, listen, feel and started compressions after that. There was that second of holding him and looking at him and realizing oh my goodness, this is serious."

The little boy is doing much better now. He suffered a febrile seizure caused by a fever.

The team still had to go on with their performance but did very well. They're ranked 9th in the state.

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