Teen saves unresponsive infant inside a Wal-Mart

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Mo. Teen Saves Unresponsive Infant Inside a Wal-Mart

A Missouri teenager is being called a hero after she saved a baby's life inside a Wal-Mart Wednesday.

"In this surveillance footage you can see the panicked mother of the infant trying to get her child to respond, Grant Bissel of KSDK reported.

KSDK reports that the 11-month-old infant stopped breathing. Seventeen-year-old Abby Snodgrass was trying on clothes in a nearby dressing room and rushed over to help.

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"She did not look alive. And once I saw that no one was pretty much doing anything, I asked if anyone knew CPR," Snodgrass told KSDK.

Hillsboro High, where Snodgrass attends school, teaches its students CPR at the beginning of every semester.

Snodgrass told ABC she was pretty nervous about performing CPR on the infant.

"The one thought that crossed my mind initially was, 'What if this doesn't work?' And I just had to push it out of my mind and keep going because I knew that's what I had to do," Snodgrass said.

With Snodgrass' help, the infant began breathing again. This story highlights the importance of learning CPR.

The American Heart Association, which has created CPR training kits for schools, says on its website, "Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., but when ordinary people, not just doctors and EMS, know CPR, a victim's survival rate can double, or even triple."

Currently, twenty states, including Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina, require CPR training in order to graduate high school.

The family of the infant released a statement to ABC saying their daughter is happy and healthy. As for Snodgrass, she plans to join the National Guard when she graduates.

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