Franklin High junior saves dad’s life after he collapses from asthma

(Photo: WKRN)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Franklin teen has been honored for performing CPR on her father and saving his life.

Edith Grayson woke up in the early morning hours of May 14 and heard her father having an asthma attack.

Robbie Grayson couldn’t breathe and tried using his inhaler and his nebulizer but neither worked.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

After several minutes, he collapsed in the bathroom and didn’t have a pulse.

His daughter Edith had just learned CPR a week prior in her JROTC class at Franklin High School.

Everyone was panicking, including her mom, so Edith kicked her out of the room so she could focus.

“I was just concentrated on not letting him die,” she told News 2.

While talking through the steps with the 911 dispatcher, she did chest compressions. Before the paramedics got there, Robbie had started breathing again.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Those CPR lessons saved her father’s life.

“I didn’t think I was going to have to use that,” Edith said. “But since I did, and I had the tools, I can’t take credit for that.”

The Graysons credit the JROTC program at Franklin High for teaching those life-saving skills and so much more, including leadership.

“When my daughter kicked my wife out of the bathroom, my living and dying was on her,” Robbie Grayson said. “That is something that JROTC teaches.”

Robbie spent two days in the hospital but has since been released.

Edith, a junior in high school, is considering a future career in nursing.

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