Raheem Morris, a defensive coordinator for the NFL Los Angeles Rams have run many clutch games in their career – but this has to be the best ever. Over the weekend, the football coach helped save the life of a child who was drowning in a hotel swimming pool.
The incident occurred at the Encore Resort in Vegas, where Morris spent time with his family. Reports say a drowning 3-year-old boy was pulled from the pool by his father and rushed to a lifeguard. The lifeguard began performing CPR after discovering the boy had no pulse.
Thinking fast, Morris sprang into action and ran to the scene.
“I saw people calling 911, so my first question was, where’s the DEA?” morris said ESPN. An AED is an automatic external defibrillator, which is used to deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart return to an effective rhythm.
Morris was able to locate a device and had it run towards the troubled boy.
“We had a doctor there who was able to start the compressions. I was able to hand him the AED, open it up for him, put the pads on the kid, and he ended up being fine,” Morris said.
Morris’ wife Nicole wrote about the heartbreaking ordeal in an Instagram post, saying the child was discharged from hospital 24 hours later.
Morris was quick to credit the recent CPR and AED training offered by the Rams. NFL teams have stepped up efforts like this since the safety of the Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin suffered a heart attack during an NFL game in January. Fortunately, medical professionals on site were able to act quickly and use an AED to restart Hamlin’s heart.
Hamlin himself was on Capitol Hill in March advocating for new bipartisan legislation called the “AED Access Act.” The bill increases the training and availability of AEDs on school campuses.
Morris told ESPN how the Hamlin incident and the recent tragic drowning of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s 2-year-old daughterhelped him realize the importance of preparing for times like these.
“I’m just grateful that I knew what to do,” Raheem Morris said. “You never know when you’ll need this stuff.”