Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Friends and family gathered by the pool on a hot July day. Kids played and splashed while the adults laughed and shared stories. It was your average Midwest get together until the unthinkable happened.
Panic struck as the mother of a five-yearold- boy realized he was not just playing underwater. He was drowning.
“When I heard the mom yell, I immediately looked over and saw Adam being pulled out of the pool,” said Kristin Moon, Beck’s Nurse Practitioner. “I knew by the way he looked that he wasn’t breathing. I immediately started CPR and did multiple rounds.”
When the paramedics arrived shortly after, Kristin had already resuscitated Adam. If she had not been there and known how to perform CPR, Adam may not have survived. Thankfully, she was there, and one year later, Adam is a happy and healthy six-year-old.
“I don’t think people realize what drowning actually looks like,” Kristin said. “It is very fast and silent. It looks like playing – not flailing.”
Kristin said that 88% of drownings occur with at least one adult present, and it is the number one cause of accidental death in 1 to 4 year olds. In the U.S., 3,500 people die every year from drowning. She stressed that although many people assume negligence, drowning can happen to anyone and occurs in a blink of an eye. It’s important to realize that drowning isn’t always obvious.
Adam spent three days in the hospital after Kristin saved his life. He miraculously bounced back and, before too long, was ready to get back in the pool again. Adam’s mom and Kristin shared the story through a viral social media post and local and national news. They hope that by sharing this story, they can save more lives by bringing awareness to the issue.
Last summer’s experience has had a significant impact on Kristin’s life. It inspired her to get back into the pageant world and to run for Mrs. Indiana. She plans to use her platform, Saving Lives with CPR, to bring a louder voice to drowning awareness and the importance of CPR.
“By representing the state of Indiana, I can be a role model for the other wives, moms, and health care professionals,” said Kristin. “I’m working with the American Heart Association to train individuals on CPR with the goal that every American family lives with someone who knows lifesaving CPR.”
Kristin, who has worked as a Nurse Practitioner for Beck’s since 2017, competed in the pageant in June in South Bend, Indiana. In the time leading up to the pageant, she continued to support and advocate for drowning awareness and CPR through public speaking and her Mrs. Cicero Facebook page.
Stepping out to run for Mrs. Indiana and to speak in front of audiences has been a testimony to Kristin’s growing faith.
“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created,” she said, quoting a Bible verse from the book of Esther. “Since that day last summer, my faith has grown immensely. I have been doing daily devotionals, listening to K-Love, and even went on a mission trip. I believe this is a struggle God put me through to reveal my purpose and journey in life.”
Kristin, who was inspired to work in health care at the age of 13 after her brother was involved in a near-fatal car accident, helped to start the clinic at Beck’s in 2018. The clinic now also serves as urgent care for employees for both work- and nonwork- related illnesses and injuries.
Thank you, Kristin, for all you do for Beck’s employees and beyond! We are proud to have you on the team.
Author: Ashley Heyen
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, community talk, CPR, Mrs Indiana