Cario Googer (left) is credited with saving the life of his friend Mikiya Rogers, who remains in a hospital after going into cardiac arrest and having a stroke.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Atlanta teen called a ‘hero’ for performing CPR to save friend’s life

A teenager is being credited with saving the life of his 17-year-old friend after she went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke in southwest Atlanta.

Cario Googer was driving Mikiya Rogers home when she lost consciousness, her mother told Channel 2 Action News on Tuesday. Googer quickly pulled over, called 911 and began performing CPR, which she said saved her daughter’s life.

“Cario is very humble,” Myeka Jennings, Rogers’ mother, told Channel 2. “She was with the right person at the right time.”

The incident happened two weeks ago along Glenwood Avenue, and Googer told the news station he remembered CPR from seventh grade.

“The operator told me, ‘Is she still breathing?’ I instantly thought about my training,” he said. “I was like I have to administer CPR.” 

While Rogers is alive, her prognosis isn’t positive, Jennings told Channel 2. She hasn’t fully recovered, and if her condition doesn’t improve, she may not be a candidate for a neurological rehabilitation center, meaning Jennings would have to take her home and care for her by herself.

Mikiya Rogers
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

“At this point, all we can do is pray for a miracle,” she said.

Jennings has nothing but praise for Googer, who she called a “hero.”

“You saved Mikiya’s life. I appreciate you for that,” she said.

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