We sat down with Bryan Canty, a senior at Dozier-Libbey Medical HS in Antioch, CA who shared his story after he was credited with saving a fellow classmates life after she and another student bumped heads on a basketball court on Dec. 19.

Canty worked to stabilize the student before EMT’s arrived on scene and possibly even prevented her from becoming paralyzed. Here is the overview:

  • 00:09 – Introduction of Bryan Canty
  • 00:33 – Overview of incident on Dec. 19 at Dozier-Libbey Medical HS in Antioch where Canty, a first responder, left class to assist a student in need after she bumped heads with another student. Discussed his actions while waiting for AMR to respond.
  • 04:15 – Highlights how his sports medicine class training at school assisted him.
  • 04:48 – Explains how it was like everything moving in slow motion and time stood still when rescue arrived on scene. The victim’s condition was tanking and she was not responding.
  • 07:00 – Stated they needed a medical helicopter, but both CALSTAR and REACH were not available – ETA was 35-minutes, so they Code 3 transport to Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
  • 08:12 – Canty explains what was it like seeing Ariah Royal for the first time after the incident?
  • 09:29 – Board meeting when the mother of Ariah Royal provided comments and brought tears to his eyes.
  • 11:09 – Reflection: what does this say about his education & training?
  • 13:10 – How did sports medicine assist him on this major incident? No two incidents are the same. Canty explains he has never seen anything like this before.
  • 15:44 – Education in the classroom versus applying in to real life scenario.
  • 17:08 – On what it meant to him when Principal says they follow Canty’s lead on medical incidents at the school.
  • 18:58 – Canty explained is a Certified First Responder which is a step below an EMT. Canty also explained he has started assisting teaching CPR classes.
  • 19:50 – What has it been like receiving the media attention?
  • 21:25 – On Finding his passion of emergency medicine and working to become a First Responder. Never thought he would be working towards a career in emergency medicine. He thought he would go into law enforcement and become a police officer because he wants to help people. His mom works in law enforcement.
  • 23:40 – Canty calls emergency medicine his calling. Loves the challenge.
  • 24:35 – Discusses how his mother is a mentor and always encouraging him to chase his dream. Find your passion and run with it. Highlights how anything can be taken away from you, but effort and education.
  • 28:50 – On if he feels blessed to find his passion at an early age? Right now its about perfecting his skills and continuing to motivate himself.
  • 30:24 – What is next for Bryan Canty? What does he want to do in the future? Explains how he wants to help people like police, firefighters, EMT’s.
  • 32:42 – Canty offers advice on how people can find their passion and take action.
  • 34:02 – Closing

Antioch Unified School District Board Meeting (20:42 when Artrice Young provides her comments) https://youtu.be/bCDq1zs6x_Q

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