The last thing 16-year-old Carlie Snow of Tulsa had on her mind Sunday when she went to the movie was that she would be involved in saving a woman's life.
Snow, the daughter of Terri Willson Snow, a graduate of Miami High School and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and the late Charles Snow. Her grandparents are Patsy Lee and Jim Willson of Miami.
Sunday, as she and a friend left a movie theater at 41st and Yale in Tulsa at about 7 p.m. she noticed a woman sitting on a bench outside holding her chest and breathing heavy.
Since the woman was all alone, Snow stopped to see if she needed some help. At first the woman didn't believe Snow could help her.
“I told her I volunteer at a hospital, so can help you,” she said. Snow participates in the Junior Volunteer program at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa.
The woman responded, “You can help me?” Snow assured her she could.
“Her first pulse was so high, it was around 240, I told her she had to sit still. I was afraid she would have a heart attack,” she said.
Snow guessed from her appearance that she had taken drugs, so asked her what drugs she had taken. She finally told Snow that she had taken “a bunch of Oxy and a bunch of Xanax.”
About that time, Snow said the woman's boyfriend came up, lit a cigarette and put it in the lady's mouth. Snow took it out of her mouth, stomped it out, and told her that was the last thing she needed because she was already having problem breathing.
Snow then convinced her boyfriend that his girlfriend was in serious trouble and found out from him that he had given her Ecstasy.
She then called 911 and gave the operator the specifics of the situation. After the parmedics arrived it took Snow awhile to convince them she knew what she was talking about. After sharing the woman's vitals and other information the paramedics complimented her on what she'd done. They said the woman had taken a potentially lethal drug overdose and Snow's quick action had probably saved her life.
Snow said she got involved because “I couldn’t believe not one person was stopping to help the lady.”
Monday night Snow received a text from the woman, which said, “The doctor said you saved my life. If you hadn’t stopped to take care of me and called 911, I would have died.”
She also told Snow that she had made the decision to break up with her boyfriend and was going into drug rehab this week.
When asked how she knew what to do when she saw the lady in distress, Snow replied, “For the past two years I have had the opportunity to volunteer and learn from the best doctors and nurses in the world at St. John's Hospital.”
Snow is a junior at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa. She began volunteering at St. John's in the summer of 2010 through the Junior Volunteer Program. “I was so excited when I was selected to be part of the St. John Junior Volunteer program,” she said. “I love each day I get to spend there, especially the days I am allowed to actually shadow a doctor.”
Carlie’s plans upon graduation from Cascia Hall are to attend college and medical school, specializing in Endocrinology.
Her father, Charlie, passed away in 2010 from complications of diabetes. She is determined to find a cure for this disease.