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6-Year-Old Saves Best Friend’s Life with Heimlich Maneuver

ABC News(SACRAMENTO) -- A 6-year-old girl in Sacramento saved her best friend’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver earlier this week, something she learned from watching a Disney Channel TV show.

First graders Elspeth “Beanie” Mar, Aniyah Rigmaiden and Anthony Roy Jr. were enjoying their routine lunch together on Tuesday in Caroline Wenzel Elementary School’s cafeteria.

“I was chewing on a hard apple, and I couldn’t swallow it,” Aniyah (above right)  told ABC News. “It went down my throat and got suck.”

Anthony noticed Aniyah gasping for air and screamed for help.

“He was yelling, ‘Aniyah’s choking, Aniyah’s choking!’ He heard me coughing and my face was red,” she said.

With that, Aniyah’s best friend Beanie immediately went into action and got up to help. She performed the Heimlich and the apple flew onto the table.

“She was choking and then I helped her,” Beanie told ABC News. “I asked if I saved her life and she said, Yeah, you did.”

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Beanie quietly returned to her lunch. Principal Judy Montgomery said even though there were administrators present, no one knew what had happened until the girls returned to class.

“It was done very quietly,” Montgomery told ABC News. “The young boy sitting across noticed she was choking and said, Aniyah’s choking! Aniyah’s choking! So Beanie just got up, went over and did it, and went and sat down and finished her lunch. To us it’s incredible, to her it was the right thing to do.”

Montgomery notified both parents over the phone hours after it happened and later rewarded the three kids with certificates for their heroic acts. When Beanie’s mother, Amy Peterson-Mar, first heard the news over the phone she started crying.

“When they said she saved a kid’s life, I let out a gasp. I started crying because I couldn’t believe it,” Peterson-Mar told ABC News. “That kid is breathing now because of my child.”

When Aniyah’s mother, Crisa Triplett, heard Beanie saved her child’s life, she too was in tears.

“When she told me the news how Beanie saved her, I was just in tears. That little girl is so remarkable and she will forever hold the biggest spot in my heart,” Triplett told ABC News. “I couldn’t express to her mother how thankful I was for her daughter and raising a little girl like that.”

However, the question remains, how exactly did a 6-year-old know how to do the Heimlich?

“I saw it on A.N.T. Farm,” Beanie said. “I asked my mom, Can people really do that? And she said, Yeah.”

Montgomery said even though it’s shocking to see a first grader step up in a time of panic, we shouldn’t underestimate the capabilities of children.

“She did it because it was the right thing to do,” Montgomery told ABC News. “It’s really important we understand how resilient children are. The fact that she did it and then sat down shows she did it without expectation of notice.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Fourth Grader Saves Best Friend’s Life

Mark Johnston/Daily Herald(OREM, Utah) -- A fourth grader in Orem, Utah, is being recognized Monday for a heroic act of saving his best friend’s life at school.

Noah Webster Academy honored 10-year-old Carter Helt for saving the life of his friend, who was choking on a jawbreaker candy.

“It was pretty scary. He was like turning purple and it was freaking me out,” explained Helt.

Helt came to Gary Anderson’s rescue last week.

Anderson, 10, had been such a good student he was rewarded candy from the famous jawbreaker candy jar in the school’s library. With excitement, Anderson picked out a spicy and hot cinnamon-flavored jawbreaker called the Atomic Fireball, and threw it into his mouth.

“I was sucking on it too fast and it went to the back of my throat,” said Anderson. “I started banging on desks and started pointing to my throat and then Carter came over.”

Helt, who was sitting in the library at the time, heard his friend choking and immediately ran over to help. He started performing the Heimlich Maneuver until the jawbreaker came out.

“I put my arms around his belly and pushed up, and it came out of his mouth,” said Helt. “I wasn’t sure it would work the first time, but it did.”

It was then Anderson realized his best friend since first grade had saved his life, and Helt had learned the Heimlich Maneuver only two weeks earlier.

“Yes I was really scared,” said Anderson. “And really happy after.”

After the incident, the two boys returned to class as normal. School director Rick Kempton went to find the two boys after hearing about the incident.

“I went over to the library where I heard it happened, and the two librarians in there were visibly shaken,” said Kempton. “They had already gone back to the classroom. I checked to make sure he was okay, which he was, and thanked Carter in front of the class for what he did.”

Noah Webster Academy school officials decided to honor Helt for his heroism in front of the entire school Monday.

Gary’s mother, Karina Anderson, said she was shocked when she received a phone call from the school, and even more shocked to find out a 10-year-old had saved her son’s life.

“I’m happy there was someone who was paying attention,” said Karina Anderson. “He knew what to do and he did it.”

Helt’s mother said she was also in shock after hearing about her son’s heroic act, and couldn’t believe it the first time he told her.

“He got in the car and he was really excited and said to me, ‘I saved my best friend Gary’s life,’” said Chrystal Helt. “I said, you did what? I was surprised! I was just really shocked because I didn’t even know Carter knew the Heimlich Maneuver. I probably would have panicked and done it wrong, so I’m surprised. It was really cool and I was really proud.”

As for the candy jar, school officials say they’ve gotten rid of the jawbreakers as a present. They’ve now been replaced with school supplies.

Kempton joked, “And if Gary chokes on those he’s going to be in trouble!”

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