The old saying goes, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” but for 9-year old Camden Prater of Cottleville, a piece of waffle cone rendered her unable to scream. Camden and her mother, Kim, and brother, 12-year old Kyle, were returning from an outing for a treat on August 6 when the piece of cone became lodged, rendering her unable to breathe.
Kim immediately pulled to the side of the road, and before she could act, Kyle passed his cone to his mom and said, “I got this!” After a few abdominal thrusts, he dislodged the obstruction. Though understandably upset, Camden’s breathing returned to normal and all was fine.
Kyle credits his expert handling of the situation to a free Lifesaver CPR class he took just a few weeks prior to the incident. The course, hosted by SCCAD Outreach at the Middendorf Kredel Library in O’Fallon, provided one-on-one instruction to residents of all ages. Skills covered in Lifesaver classes include hands-only CPR and how to relieve choking.
SCCAD Outreach offers the FREE Lifesaver classes regularly at locations throughout the county, including two coming up in September. Paramedics will be at Lake St. Louis Community Association on 9/12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and at Progress West Hospital’s ‘Day of Play’ event on 9/17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lifesaver CPR courses are intended to get lay rescuers comfortable with the idea of helping a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or choking until Paramedics can arrive by ambulance. The sessions are open format, meaning that individuals and families may come anytime during the advertised time frame. Most complete the training in about 20 minutes, but attendees are welcome to practice on the interactive manikins as long as they’d like. The class does NOT provide attendees with a certification card.