Children should know about health problems: instructor

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SIAST instructor and paramedic Bob Fenner used his session to compel the audience to inform their children about health issues in order to safeguard in case of medical emergency.

SIAST instructor and long-time medical professional Bob Fenner guided a discussion Sunday about the importance of teaching children the basics about medical conditions.

“We’re going to talk about patient advocacy. I think it’s really important to extend our skills and knowledge to our young people,” said Fenner during his session, Caring Beyond Our Years.

Fenner made his case by having his daughter, Mackenzie, talk to the audience about a case where she and her younger brother picked up during a phone conversation that their grandmother was having trouble speaking — because, as was soon discovered, she was having a stroke.

“We don’t give our children enough credit ... I think we overlook kids because they’re young, but they shouldn’t be overlooked,” said Fenner. “I think that they can make great advocates.”

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