A 5th grader was able to prevent his classmate’s death from choking. He says he knew what to do because of a documentary he watched several years ago.
The little guy, whose name is Benjamin Ford, decided to take initiative when he saw a girl starting to gasp for breath and turning colors. “I wasn’t really calm, my heart was racing I just knew I had to help her,” he said in an interview.
Despite his nervousness, he did everything correctly to help the girl. This was confirmed by official representatives of Greenwood Elementary school.
“I felt like I had to hurry up and get to her,” Benjamin said. “I thought in a couple more seconds she might not make it.”
As soon as the administrators found out about the incident, Ben’s story was shared with everybody.
To prevent further injuries we’ll provide some information on how you are supposed to act when you find yourself in a similar situation with someone who is choking.
Representatives of American Red Cross association recommend the following steps as first aid:
1. Give the choking person 5 back blows.
2. Give 5 abdominal thrusts. To perform abdominal thrusts (or Heimlich maneuver) on someone else you should:
Stand behind the person. Wrap your arms around the waist. Tip the person forward slightly. Make a fist with one hand. Position it slightly above the person’s navel. Grasp the fist with the other hand. Press hard into the abdomen with a quick, upward thrust — as if trying to lift the person up.
3. Alternate between 5 blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the blockage is dislodged.