A fifth-grader jumped into action in a scary situation and saved his computer teacher.
Karen Renko couldn’t speak or breathe while eating a muffin, but luckily her student, Dylan Paul, recalled a chest thrust maneuver from a YouTube video and spared her from choking.
WNEM reports, Paul, a student at All Saints Elementary in Michigan was watching YouTuber Jaiden Animations’ video on how to perform a choking first aid technique in the event that someone would need to clear an airway.
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However, he never imagined that he would have to use the CPR move on his teacher. Paul said:
“All of a sudden she starts doing the universal choking sign, which I see. I get out of my chair, take off my phones, and I ask her if she is choking.”
He told the outlet:
“What I did was I propped right up at the sternum and then I would pull back. And then somebody else, the other kids in my class went to go get teachers to help, but when they got there I already, um, she had already stopped choking.”
The little boy’s act of bravery got the attention of All Saints Elementary administrators who made sure to show Paul their appreciation for this quick-thinking actions.
Principal Lisa Rhodus said on Monday morning:
“She was grateful that he saved her. I’m just so proud to think that he was able to react in the situation that could’ve been very scary for fifth graders. It’s a scary situation and reacted so quickly and we are very proud of him.”
Renko also made sure to give Paul a heartfelt thanks. She said:
“I am so thankful to have had Dylan in the room at the time. His presence of mind and willingness to step up and help shows that he is wise beyond his years. Dylan is a real live hero.”
Paul said he would never hesitate to help others and he’s so happy Jaiden Animations taught him how to perform chest thrusts.
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