This week, one of my kindergarten students took a nap after lunch. When I walked up to ready things for phonics, the assistant in the class told me that Levi was not waking up. At first they thought he was joking and after seeing his smile, I am sure you can imagine that. however, it didn’t take long for me to see that he was not sleeping but instead unresponsive. Since we don’t have ambulances here, Shannon ran to get our administration, who then took him down the mountain to the ER. They are leaning towards a seizure but since there were no certified doctors in the hospital here at that time, we honestly don’t know. Our hospital doesn’t have equipment for test for… well, anything… so he was referred to a hospital 45 minutes away for an EEG. The EEG done last week showed nothing. They are going to try to find a pediatric neurologist to see him as well. In the meantime, he seems to be doing well.
This also brought to light a situation that I am hoping to find a solution to. The assistant in the kindergarten room is a very capable 18 year old man. He knew something was not right and tried several things to wake Levi and to care for him. He did what he thought was best but he lacked training in what to do in an emergency. The administration that took him to the hospital also made some major errors out of lack of understanding as well. None of our Honduran staff has any first aid training. In a country that can’t just call 911, we need to be trained in what to do. If you or someone you know can teach first aid, then please consider providing this much needed training to our Honduran staff.