Student Lifesaver: SPC nursing grad helped save a mother in chil

Student Lifesaver: SPC nursing grad helped save a mother in childbirth while in program

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Twenty South Plains College nursing students are one step closer to their dream, as they graduated from the program in Thursday morning's pinning ceremony.

For one graduate, however, the journey to this point has been especially unique. 

In fact, it involves saving a mother in childbirth. 

She said she was in the room following professional nurses when the mother had difficulty breathing, and her saliva started to turn pink, leaving doctors confused about the next step. 

That is when Dix-McCormick remembered what she was taught in this nursing program and took charge.

"Frothy-colored sputum is a sign of a pulmonary edema, meaning she had a blood clot. The doctor was debating on doing a chest x-ray at the time, but whenever I saw that, I yelled out loud: Her sputum is blood-tinged. He then looked and said: Get the x-ray in here," Dix-McCormick said.

Fading fast, doctors were able to locate the blood clot, eventually stabilize her vitals and complete the birth, thanks to Dix-McCormick's quick call to action. 

"The rapid team in my TPCN said that if it wasn't for me, there is no telling what would have happened to that mom," Dix-McCormick said.

Now set to become a professional nurse, Dix-McCormick said that experience instantly prepares her for emergency moments.

"I know now that every decision I make, any documentation I take down is critical for that patient," Dix-McCormick said.

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