Kingsport school nurse credits teacher for saving her life after allergic reaction


KINGSPORT Tenn. (WJHL)- A Kingsport school nurse is crediting her colleague for saving her life after having an allergic reaction for the first time.

Stephanie Maynard is the Registered Nurse at John Adams Elementary School.

She helps dozens of children every day, but this time she’s grateful her colleague stepped up to help her in an emergency two weeks ago.

“I was sitting here at my desk. I had a student in here that I had just taken care of,” Maynard said.

Nurse Stephanie Maynard’s day at John Adams Elementary on March 22, started out like any other.

Everything changed once she started opening up the mail.

“I was looking at the mail. I usually do the school mail on Friday. I noticed immediately that my right ear got really hot, and I looked down and my hands started swelling and I had hives. And so I pulled my watch off and rolled up my sleeve, and I was just unsure of what had happened,” Maynard said.

Maynard told us she developed welts on different parts of her body and her throat was closing up.

That’s when fifth grade teacher Beth Ward jumped in.

“Miss Frasier the kindergarten teacher stuck her head in and said Nurse Stephanie needs help for herself in the clinic, urgently, so both the assistant principal and myself came running,” Ward said.

Nurse Stephanie asked Ward to grab Benadryl, but she knew that wouldn’t be enough. She then asked Ward to get an EpiPen.

“They work, they work. Could see that really relieving her body,” Ward said.

Remnants of those welts were still visible on Nurse Stephanie’s body on Friday.

Nurse Stephanie tells us she’s grateful for her colleague’s quick thinking and that this happened when other people were in her clinic.

“Had it not been for the timing, I would have died, there’s no doubt,” Maynard said.

Without Kingsport City Schools’ yearly medical training, Ward said she may not have known how to help.

“She did an excellent job, and I can’t thank her enough. I got her roses, but that surely was not enough,” Maynard said.

Nurse Stephanie needed two EpiPens that day.

She wants everyone in our community to learn how to use them in case you’re in a situation like this one.

She’s also going to get checked out further to try and find out what exactly she’s allergic to.

She believes it’s something she inhaled while opening the mail.

Here’s more information on how to safely use an EpiPen.

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