Students credited with saving teacher's life

April 15, 2008 3:46:33 PM PDT
Two Delaware nursing students were in the right place at the right time last week. Their quick actions saved the life of their teacher. Students at the always health care school use a mannequin to learn how to become certified nursing assistants... a course taught by Gina Singletary, a registered nurse.

Singletary, who happens to be an insulin dependent diabetic, has also taught her students a lot about her illness, especially since a gastric bypass in 2005 left her with a rather frightening complication.

"I don't feel the lows coming on. I just pass out very quickly," says Singletary.

That's just what happened last week when Singletary went to her nearby home for a lunch break.

Mary Stalnaker, a student of Singletary's, recalls, "When she didn't come back that was the first indicator, and before she left she just wasn't right."

Mary Stalnaker and Ashly Singleton knew where their teacher lived, and decided to act on their nursing instincts. Singleton says, "I was passed out. Luckily, the door was open."

"We took her blood sugar and it was very low. It was 41 actually, and that's really low, that's deadly," said Ashley Singleton.

Testing Singletary's blood sugar levels wasn't all. The students took their teachers pulse, blood pressure, and of course called 9-1-1. But Singletary says it was the glucose that her students struggled to give her that likely saved her life.

Gina's two life saving students will graduate at the end of the month, and needless to say their extra credit work will help when it comes to their grade.

Singletary recalls what she said to her heroes the moment she regained consciousness. "I said, 'You know what? You guys saved my life.' And I understood what position I was in. I said, 'Ya'll going to get an A automatically!'"