Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris went on a trip with his family this past weekend in Las Vegas expecting to have a terrific time. However, he had to be a hero when he found a young child drowning in his hotel pool.
Morris discussed the situation with ESPN on Wednesday after his wife made a social media post about the incident, saying that he helped save a 3-year-old boy who had no pulse after he was taken out of the pool by his father and brought over to a lifeguard.
As Morris began to perform CPR compressions, Morris asked if there was anything that he could do to help the situation. He then described in detail that he proceeded to run and grab the AED (automated external defibrillator). By the time he did, doctors were on the scene and began compressions.
“I saw people calling 911 so my first question was, where is the AED?” Morris told ESPN, “When I got back, we had a doctor on site that was able to start the compressions. I was able to hand the AED to him, get it open for him, put the pads on the child, and he ended up being OK.”
Morris then went on to credit the recent CPR, AED, and first aid training facilitated by the Rams VP of sports medicine and performance as a big factor in dealing with this situation. This is of course something many teams do now after the Damar Hamlin incident last season.
It seems like teaching coaches proper medical techniques and equipment paid off in this instance.