Six minutes was too late. Ten-year-old Mercedes Mear’s heart had already stopped beating and she wasn’t breathing when Pierce County medics arrived on Oct. 7, 2008.
No one in her elementary school knew CPR, or that the medication that might have saved her life, an EpiPen, was kept in the health room where she died, with her name clearly marked on the label.
Who would argue that our children’s safety and health is not paramount? Or that the health of a child greatly impacts attendance, academic achievement, future well-being and ultimately our economy? No one.