School nurse turns hero, saves student's mom's life

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Jessica Haas loves her job at Wallace Elementary.

"I just love the people," Haas said.

Haas is an RN who worked in emergency rooms for years before bringing her healing touch to Richardson ISD. On any given day Haas will help kids with broken bones or a scraped knee, but on Monday she's being credited with saving a woman's life.

"I was walking out and I just heard somebody yell she needs help," Haas said.

A mother of a Wallace student was leaving a parent teacher meeting when she collapsed outside the school. Haas says the mother was unresponsive and she struggled to find a pulse.

"With God's help I was there and the AED was so close," Haas said.

Haas immediately called for someone to grab the school's AED, a device that helps revive people suffering cardiac arrest. State law requires schools to have them, but Richardson ISD also requires yearly training so staff know what to do in a situation like this.

"My years of experience in emergency rooms just kicked in," Haas said.

On Tuesday, the woman's husband Brian Maupin said he thanks Haas and the AED for bringing his wife back to life.

"Doctors say most times in these cases the outcome is horrific. I can't thank Jessica enough," Maupin said.

Maupin says his wife is the center of his family and he can't imagine life without her.

"If there is one thing that I want to come from this it would be for everywhere to have an AED and people who are trained on how to use them," Maupin said.

Doctors are still trying to figure out what prompted Maupin's wife to collapse, but he says she is doing remarkably well in large thanks to Jessica's quick actions.

As for Jessica she says God lead her to be in the right place at the right time.

"I feel honored to have been there in that moment for that sweet woman," Haas said.

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