‘I really could have died’: Athletic coach saves student who collapsed at Illinois school dance

GENEVA, Ill. (WGN) — Bridget Archbold, a senior at Geneva High School in Illinois, returned to the classroom Monday after a horrifying experience at her homecoming dance two weeks ago.

About two hours into the dance, Archbold collapsed on the gym floor.

“I was just dizzy and felt some kind of pressure on the back of my neck,” Archbold told Nexstar’s WGN.

Luckily, athletic trainer Nicole Collins was nearby.

“When this happened, I was actually in the hallway escort outside the gym,” Collins said. “I just heard the music stopped.”

Archbold recalled her principal and dean picking her up and helping her to one side before she began to convulse.

“She stopped after about a minute,” Collin said. “I went to monitor her vitals. I couldn’t find a pulse.”

Collins, who has been trained in CPR since she was 10, started with compressions. A staff member grabbed a defibrillator as the principal cleared the gym.

“I was more focused on her and trying to do what I was trained to do,” Collins said. “You see a child in an emergency. I was locked up to do what needed to be done.”

After two rounds of CPR, Archbold began breathing again.

“I started crying and I was like, ‘Did I ruin the dance?'” Archbold said.

Paramedics took Archbold to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, where she was discharged later that night. Doctors are still doing more tests to determine what caused her seizure, but the high school grad said she’s grateful to be back at school and to be reunited with the woman who saved her life.

“I’m just glad she was well trained and went into action to save me because I really could have died that night,” Archbold said.

“Seeing you here makes my heart happy,” added Collins. “I’m just glad I could help her.”

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