NFL coach saves child from drowning


Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris showed his nerve when he saved the life of a three-year-old boy last weekend.

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While staying at the Encore Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, Morris hit the pool with his wife.

Their stay almost turned tragic when a pulseless kid was dragged out of the water by his father. While a lifeguard provided first aid to the young boy, a quick-witted Morris immediately wanted to find the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED).

« I saw people around calling 911, so my first question was where the DEA was, » the 46-year-old said. When I returned, a doctor who was on the scene had started performing compressions. I was able to give him the AED, open it for him and put the electrodes on the child.

A few years ago, Morris might not have had this reflex. Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin’s mid-game collapse from cardiac arrest raised awareness throughout the NFL of the importance of AED accessibility.

« I’m just grateful that I knew what to do, » Morris said. You don’t know when you’ll need those reflexes. »

According to a publication by Nicole Morris, Raheem’s wife, the three-year-old boy emerged unscathed from the unfortunate incident.


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