By Linda Cranford
A 13-year old female was air-lifted by helicopter to UMC Children's Hospital in Jackson Wednesday morning following an ATV accident in the Johnson community of Jones County.
At approximately 10 a.m., volunteer medical first responders and rescue units from Johnson and Ovett VFD responded to the report of a young girl trapped under an ATV at Landrum Oaks Road and Lyon Ranch Road.
Witnesses said the young girl and a female friend were riding a Polaris Ranger when it turned over and landed on top of the 13-year old. The friend sustained what appeared to be minor injuries. According to witnesses on the scene, it took four men to lift the ATV off of the young girl and an unknown individual began performing CPR on the unresponsive 13-year old, whose heartbeat and breathing were absent. When volunteer medical first responders arrived on scene, it was determined the she had sustained life-threatening injuries. The medical first responders continued to assist the patient in breathing until EMServ paramedics arrived on scene and assumed care.
Volunteer rescue units established a nearby landing zone for Baptist Life Flight IV helicopter, stationed at the Bobby Chain Airport in Hattiesburg, and the 13-year old female was air-lifted to Jackson.
Jones County Medical First Responder Coordinator Lee Garick commented on the incident saying, "This is the perfect example of the importance of knowing CPR. We encourage the public to sign up for CPR classes and become certified. Had that person not been in the right place at the right time, the outcome might have been much different."
Anyone interested in CPR classes can contact the Whitehead Technology Center at 601-477-4114 for details.
Also responding to the scene was Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Sheriff's Department and Investigator Wayne Black with the District Attorney's Office.