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Carle Place BOCES Student Becomes Hero

Frances Bruschi, 17, saves a life with epi pen injection

When Frances Bruschi was walking toward the bus to head home from BOCES one afternoon, it did not seem to be a particularly interesting day. That all changed in a matter of seconds.

There was a large group of students gathered around in a circle in what seemed like a frantic scene. As she walked closer it became clear that there was a student in need of immediate help; a bee sting had triggered an extreme allergic reaction. 

“The boy began turning all different colors and it was apparent he was danger,” said Bruschi, 17. “I checked his pocket and I found an epi pen. I injected it in his leg, and he ended up being okay.”

The name “epi pen” is short for epinephrine autoinjector. It is a medical device that delivers a dose of adrenaline, which is used when a person is having a serious allergic reaction and is meant to save his or her life.

That is precisely what Bruschi did.

The adrenaline is meant to be injected for 10 seconds, and then taken out while you massage the wounded skin. Coincidentally, it was just the day before the incident that Bruschi learned the proper way to administer the device. 

“It was remarkable that it occurred the day after she learned how to use it,” said her grandmother, also named Frances Bruschi, of East Meadow. 

Lending a helping hand is the Bruschi way apparently, as all her siblings, whose ages range between 16 and 18, are planning to study a field that provides care to others.

Her older brother is studying to become a veterinarian, while another is in the process of becoming a personal trainer. Frances is attending BOCES to study physical therapy and will be attending NYIT next fall to pursue her career.

The principal of her Carle Place High School, Thomas DePaolo, was extremely proud of Bruschi’s act and impressed with her character.

In a not-so-surprising act, Bruschi was initially unable to comment on the subject as she was donating blood to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

While there have been many devastating news stories recently in Long Island, Frances Bruschi has given her town something to be proud of.