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Tucson teen thankful for life-saving CPR

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Tucson teen thankful for life-saving CPR

CREATED Jan 27, 2013

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sixteen-year-old Chris Miller is a sophomore at University High School. Last October, while waiting in line for dinner before band practice, he suddenly collapsed. Miller's friend and fellow bandmate, Erika Yee, was standing in line behind him. 

"No one really knew what to do so they asked [if] anyone knew CPR and I said I do.  I went next to him and started chest compression CPR," Yee told 9OYS.

The 17-year-old junior learned compression-only CPR at a Girl Scout's camp last summer.

"The only thing I could think is he needs to get out of this alive," Yee continued.

Doctors are not sure what caused Miller to collapse but say if it had not been for Yee's quick compressions, things could have turned out much worse. 

Since last fall, two things have changed. Miller now has a defibrillator and plans to learn CPR himself.

Earlier this month, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild presented Yee with a plaque for her life-saving CPR. Yee is currently organizing a health fair where medical students will teach compression-only CPR. 

Miller and his father, Joseph, consider Yee a hero. 

"I really hope that this experience gives him the opportunity to nudge those people that are thinking about maybe learning CPR. Do it and do it now," Chris's father, Joseph Miller said.