“I asked to speak tonight to personally thank Nurse Becky (Slade) and Ms. (Carin) Wilkes for saving my life when I had my stroke,” said Jackson Leitch.
The 14-year-old is an eighth-grader at the Marietta middle school off Maybreeze Road.
“I also wanted to thank Cobb County for all the support they have given my family. Your love and prayers have meant everything to us,” he said.
“One day, I will make Cobb County proud to call me their son, as I am as proud to call Cobb County my home.”
Leitch, a perfectly normal teenager with no known health issues, had a stroke during his PE class at the beginning of March. Slade and Wilkes are credited for saving the eighth-grader’s life.
Wilkes said that while her students were doing exercises in class, she noticed Leitch sitting up against the wall, which was not like him.
“I walked over, and he kind of glanced at me with a smile,” she said.
Soon afterwards, other students crowded around him, and that’s when she figured something had to be going wrong.
“I called for our fabulous nurse to come in and assess the situation, and we stayed with him until the paramedics arrived,” Wilkes said.
“I followed them to the hospital, and here he is now and we’re just glad that everything worked out.”
Leitch was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he was placed in the intensive care unit.
He later was diagnosed with two brain clots.
He was joined at the board presentation by his teary-eyed mother, Robin Leitch, and his little sister, Cora. His brother, Alex, was not able to attend.