Taft Union High School student saves a toddler at Disneyland, with CPR

Sara Jewell

An 18-year-old from Taft, Calif. is being credited with saving the life of a toddler at Disneyland. Sara Jewell performed CPR on a 1-year -old girl after she heard the child’s mother screaming for help, according to ABC News.

Jewell told the Taft Midway Driller what happened:

“We (Kayla Schuyler, Whitney Graham and Emily Davis) were in line for the Dumbo ride when a lady came up to the fence screaming that she needed first aid. I hopped the fence, ran up and said I was a lifeguard,” Jewell recalled. “The mom was holding her child and the child was limp. She hadn’t been breathing for awhile. Her lips were blue, her eyes were rolled into the back of her head and she was convulsing. I immediately started giving her CPR. I did the breathing and a nurse did chest compressions. After more breathing treatments, the child turned her head and threw up spaghetti noodles and started coughing, and coughing is breathing. I waited until paramedics arrived and got her on oxygen. She was taken off on a stretcher and I don’t know what became of it.”

Jewell’s amazing recollection may be due to the fact that she is also the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper at her school, The Gusher.

After she saved the toddler, a Disney cast member ran after her and gave her and her friends three fast passes so they could get through a few rides without waiting.

Jewell was at Disneyland to perform with the Taft Union High School advanced choir and they earned a silver medal, missing a gold by just one point.

According to her Facebook page, Jewell is graduating form Taft High School this year and will be attending Taft College.  She is a lifeguard at the Westside Recreation and Park District.

2 responses to “Taft Union High School student saves a toddler at Disneyland, with CPR

  1. way to to Sara, but im thinking you deserve alot more then a few fast passes 🙂

  2. disneyland should give her an annual pass. that would be the classy thing to do.

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