Va. teachers use defibrillator to save student's life

Teachers at Cooper Middle School are being hailed heroes after using a defibrillator to save a student's life.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thanks to quick-thinking teachers at a Fairfax County school, a 15-year-old is celebrating Christmas with his family this year. 

Thursday Christopher Fox is happy and healthy. 

"I just can't explain how thankful I am to be here," he said.

Six months ago, Fox nearly died. He collapsed during field day at Cooper Middle School.

"Chris was not breathing and his eyes looked like oh my God this kid is dead," Assistant Principal Frank Stevens said. "We were saying c'mon Chris talk to us and weren't getting any response."

Stevens and other teachers grabbed a defibrillator. 

"We had him hooked up and the machine came on and said fire," Stevens said. "My father was a Doctor and passed away and somewhere in the back of my mind I'm saying c'mon Dad help me here-make sure I'm doing this thing right and things worked out." 

The traumatic experience brought everyone involved closer together 

"We feel so blessed to have our whole family and Christopher with us this Christmas," his mother Pamela Fox said. "Our family is incredibly grateful to all the teachers at Cooper Middle School who came together to save Christopher's life. They're our heroes and we will never forget them."

Stevens said, "Mrs. Fox will always be very special to me as Chris will and all of the team who worked hard that day."

All Fairfax County Schools have defibrillators. This was the first time one was ever used on a student.

A week ago, the Fairfax County school board commended the eight teachers who helped revive Christopher.

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