A Missouri teen gave credence to the saying, “in the right place at the right time,” when an 11-month-old baby suddenly stopped breathing in a High Ridge Wal-Mart.
According to the Daily Mail, Abby Snodgrass, 17, was able to successfully perform CPR on the child after learning the technique only months before in a high school health class.
“I was in the dressing room and I heard them call for the emergency over the radio,” Snodgrass said in an interview. “They said, ‘No pulse, no breathing.’ And I just ran over there.”
Snodgrass quickly arrived on scene and noticed that the baby appeared to be suffering from a lack of oxygen.
“She did not look like a normal baby; she didn't look alive,” Snodgrass told KSDS. “Once I saw that no one was doing anything, I asked if anyone knew CPR.”
The crowd of onlookers had no previous experience with performing CPR, and thus Snodgrass jumped into action putting her recently acquired skills to the test.
“I was terrified,” said Snodgrass. “I remember thinking as I'm doing the compressions, ‘What if this doesn't work?’ But I had to put it out of my mind.”
Valle Ambulance District Chief Jesse Barton told reporters that CPR training began being offered to Hillsboro school district high school students late last year. The program is relatively new, but Barton is proud of its real-world applications and the opportunity to save a life in times of panic. So far, more than 600 students have been CPR certified throughout the Hillsboro school district.
In a statement to ABC, the family of the baby said: “We are exceedingly grateful to the young woman who helped our daughter. Our daughter is home and healthy, and we couldn't be more thankful.”
While there are various subjects taught in high school to which students sarcastically remark, “When will I ever use this?” CPR training does not fall into the same category. In the real world, knowing the difference between an oligarchy and a republic may not come in handy, but having the knowledge to save a life is something that every student should be taught.