LiveBeyond Hosts Life-Saving Training Course for President Martelly’s Staff

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Texas A&M University and LiveBeyond Partner Together to Teach CPR & AED Training in Haiti

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This knowledge is a sustainable product that they will able to indefinitely use and teach to others save more lives in Haiti.

This week, Haiti-based, humanitarian organization, LiveBeyond, and Texas A&M University College of Medicine, will host a CPR & AED training course for the staff and security teams of Haiti President Michel Martelly and his wife, Sophia. The trainings will take place at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The courses will be taught by David Vanderpool, M.D., CEO and founder of LiveBeyond and adjunct assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and Jerry Livingston, Ph.D., M.S.N, RN, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, there is not an option to call 911 in an emergency situation. This training course will provide the presidential staff with the knowledge and skills to perform CPR and AED operations in the event of emergency situations.

“The staff will leave this training equipped with the ability to perform life-saving skills in critical events,” said Dr. Vanderpool. “In emergency situations, every second matters, and they will now be equipped with the ability to deliver cardiac life support.”

Along with educating the president’s staff, local students from a Port-au-Prince nursing school will have the opportunity to participate in the training courses throughout the week.

Dr. Vanderpool added, “The value of this type of education is infinite. Whether it’s a Haitian medical professional or one of President Martelly’s staff members, this knowledge is a sustainable product that they will able to indefinitely use and teach to others save more lives in Haiti.”

“The Texas A&M College of Medicine is proud and humbled to be able to provide this type of education in such an underserved region. These skills are invaluable and will save lives. We are indebted to Dr. Vanderpool and Dr. Livingston for their leadership in this endeavor," said Ruth L. Bush, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and professor, Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Visit to learn more about LiveBeyond’s work to transform health care in Haiti.

About LiveBeyond
LiveBeyond is a faith-based, 501(C)(3) organization bringing medical and maternal healthcare, clean water, orphanage support, education and agricultural development in Thomazeau, Haiti. David Vanderpool, M.D. is the founder and CEO, and resides in Thomazeau, Haiti to oversee daily operations of LiveBeyond.

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