Jennifer Inman studied nursing but hadn’t worked in 7 years to stay home with her son. Little did she know her nursing skills would come in handy on a trip to McKinney.
Inman, her husband and her 5 year old son were visiting downtown McKinney from Sherman and were heading to breakfast one morning in the square.
Jennifer went inside to look for a table while her husband and son stayed outside chatting with friends. Jennifer says she saw her husband sprint across the street. She worried something had happened to her son and ran outside. A man had collapsed on the sidewalk.
By the time she reached the man, her husband had put the man on his back. Jennifer felt for a pulse but couldn’t find one so she started chest compressions. The man would try to breath on his own and then stop. She continued chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
“As soon as they got there I got out of the way. All I could do was let them know what happened and hope for the best,” she said. “And the Best happened!”
She called to see which hospital he’d been taken to so she could check on him. The man’s name was Thomas Cooke. He spent 10 days in the hospital and survived. Paramedics said without Jennifer’s life-saving efforts, Thomas wouldn’t have made it. Thomas called Jennifer to thank her and the two have since become friends.
“They live about two and a half hours from us,” Jennifer said. “We’re going to go visit them. They are a really nice couple.”
Jennifer was recently honored by the McKinney City Council for jumping into action and saving Thomas’ life. She says she hopes this will inspire people to help others in need.
“You don’t have to be CPR certified to help someone,” she said.
We’re proud to call Jennifer Inman this weeks KRLD Difference Maker.
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