Andrea Fuentes’ story of the little finger maneuver that allowed Anita Alvarez to recover from the illness she had in the pool
If she hadn’t been present at the poolside Andrea Fuentes, trainer of the US synchronized swimming team, most likely Anita Alvarez, a 25-year-old athlete, would have died. To confirm all this, the dramatic story of the Spanish coach, who literally saved the life of her synchronous.
THE World Swimming Championships in Budapest they ended yesterday and will be remembered for several reasons. For Italy it was an absolute triumph, given that with 7 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals, the Azzurri finished in second place in the medal table.
In front of only the usual ones United Statesunrivaled with their 17 gold medals.
Andrea Fuentes, Spanish coach of the US synchronized swimming team, also deserves a medal, because she became the protagonist of a rescue which will remain in the history of sport.
Anita Alvarezone of his athletes, last Wednesday had just completed the single test, when it is passed out in water and began to sink unconscious.
At the poolside the frost and no one has been able to react coldly. The lifeguards, due to an absurd Federation regulation that will be changed shortly, were unable to intervene.
The only one who read the situation at its best was Fuentes, who immediately became jumped into the water and it literally has dragged out the Alvarezthen allowing medical staff to resuscitate her.
The maneuver of the little finger by Andrea Fuentes
Reached by journalists from de The Corriere della Serathe coach told still in shock how all the events took place rescue maneuvers by Anita Alvarez.
Anita was heavy. I tried to get her to breathe but she couldn’t. Her heart instead of hers had no problems, her heartbeat was regular, yet she was not breathing. I tried to open her mouth because she was keeping it closed. Then as they teach in her ER I turned her head to the side of her to make her spit out the water. The lifeguard did not know what to do, in the end I had to rescue him too.
After a few moments that lasted an eternity, the synchronizer finally gave a start, ha spat out the water and returned to to breathe.
However, as the coach explained, Anita was still stunned.
Doctors checked her heart, blood pressure, saturation, glucose level and everything was fine. But she was still stunned. Then they pressed her little finger very hard. It is a maneuver that induces the release of adrenaline. She finally she screamed. It was the signal that he was fine.
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