High school student Abby Snodgrass was shopping in Walmart when she heard a desperate scream ring out. Looking all around her, she noticed there was a crowd forming in the aisle across from her, a horrified mother holding a limp baby.
Snodgrass ran toward the scene.
An 11-month-old baby had stopped breathing, and was suddenly lifeless in her mother’s arms. She tried frantically to revive the baby, as a Walmart manager noticed the commotion and called 911.
“No pulse, no breathing,” he said in the call.
Snodgrass had just learned CPR in her health class days before, and so when someone asked if anyone knew CPR, she raised her arm and made it through the crowd to the baby.
“The one thought that crossed my mind initially was: ‘What if this doesn’t work?'” Snodgrass told ABC News. “And I just had to push it out of my mind and keep going because I knew that’s what I had to do.”
And it worked. The family released a statement the next day expressing their gratefulness for Snodgrass’s quick action; the baby was home and healthy.
“I can’t explain how happy I was when she started breathing again—it was just such a huge relief,” Snodgrass said.
CPR can save a life, and many school teach the procedure as part of the regular curriculum.
Always begin by checking for responsiveness and breathing, and call 911.
Then begin with chest compressions. Form a fist and push down at the center of the chest firmly and quickly, nearly twice a second.
To blow air into the unresponsive person, tilt the head back and lift the chin. Pinch the nose and then cover the mouth with yours and blow air in for a full second until you see the chest rise. Do this twice, before repeating the chest compressions.
Watch a video demonstration of how to perform CPR below: