Goose Creek girl saves friend from choking

Published: May. 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2015 at 11:44 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two young Goose Creek girls even closer friends after one saved the other's life.

Skylar Mills, 10, jumped into action to help her friend Katelyn Palmer, 11, after she choked on something she was eating.

Now the two are stressing the importance of CPR classes. The incident happened about three weeks ago when a powdered doughnut and a good time outside changed in a second.

"When she was laughing she kind of inhaled it," Mills said.

"I was like really scared because I was scorching for air, and I wasn't getting any," Palmer added.

That's when Mills jumped behind Palmer and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

"I was like, 'Thank you, Skylar!'" Palmer said recounting that afternoon.

Mills is CPR-certified thanks to Trident Health's community CPR classes.

She's the youngest one to do so at the center, and now she's encouraging others to do the same.

"Because they could save a life," Mills said.

She wanted to take the class because she eventually wants to babysit, and in the future become a surgeon. Another major factor was her mom, who is a nurse in the emergency room at Trident Medical Center.

"We can't save everyone, but CPR is one of the things that is key to bringing someone back," Jewel Baker, a registered nurse in the Trident Medical Center Emergency Department, said.

There are some guidelines though in taking the classes, but Baker says you should get your kids certified as early as possible.

"Of course they have to be a certain size to be able to perform the skills necessary to do the chest compressions correctly," Baker said.

The event that took place weeks ago is still on Palmer's mind, but in a positive way; she now wants to get certified.

"I have a baby brother and I want to know what to do, with CPR, if he choked or anything," Palmer said.

The next CPR class at Trident Medical Center will be held in September.

The class is led by volunteers who are trained by the American Heart Association. The class is $20 per person.

Other locations for CPR, first aid, and AED classes include:

American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Charleston CPR, Charleston H.E.A.R.T.

Many places also offer courses online.

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