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New Kent sophomore honors VCU LifeEvac crew, friends who saved her life


Hundreds of New Kent students celebrated the survival story of one of their own Thursday, as a sophomore reunited with the friends and first responders who saved her from cardiac arrest.

The incident unfolded Dec. 3, when Janna Apple's heart stopped. She was on a New Kent school bus, and within seconds, staff and friends performed CPR and radioed for help.

A VCU LifeEvac chopper landed on the High School's football field, adding to the rapid response.

"I remember waking up in the hospital, scared," said Apple in an interview Thursday. "It's all a blank."

Absent memories were replaced by scenes of New Kent at its finest Thursday, as EMS professionals instructed more than 600 students on how to properly administer CPR.

"It's what saved my life," Apple said. "It's not a hypothetical situation. You could be at the grocery store, and need to step into action."

A LifeEvac chopper touched down once again on New Kent's football field, carrying the same crew from VCU that flew Apple in December.

The sophomore presented a life-saving award to Tansle Ferrell, her bus driver and now life-long friend, who was first to respond.

Apple also presented life-saving awards to New Kent High School Resource Officer Cpl. Heath Jenkins, the District's Transportation Director Stephen King, and Apple's VCU flight crew.

"God just put the right people in my life," Apple said. "Everything just happened, and made a bad situation into a great one. And, I'm here."

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