Boston EMS paramedics and a quick-thinking dispatcher saved the life of an asthmatic Roxbury girl this morning.

Medics from Ambulance 40 found the 7-year-old in "severe respiratory distress" early this morning. Her parents called 911, and the dispatcher was able to give them directions on how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The paramedics arrived 3 and ½ minutes later and provided oxygen before taking her to Boston Medical Center.

The girl has had a cold for several day. EMS officials would like to remind residents that asthmatics, especially children, are at an increased risk for attacks if they have a cold or flu and should take extra precautions like an annual flu shot, a pneumonia vaccination, frequent hand-washing, and regular exercise.
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