Daughter Starts Choking In The Car, Then Mom’s 12-Year-Old Son Starts CPR In The Backseat

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

There are many skills that will prove to be useful throughout one’s life. Many of them are learned in school: basic math, reading, and writing are just a few. But many of us lack certain skills that are just as useful — even lifesaving.

Knowing how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver are two essential moves everyone should know. You may never need to perform them, so some might consider them pointless to learn.

After all, what are the chances that you would find yourself in a situation in which the person next to you is choking, for example?

But, as one family found out, these maneuvers may just come in handy and save someone very close to you.

In this case, it was 12-year-old Kyle who rose to the occasion to save the life of his sister, Camden, who was choking on a piece of ice cream cone. He used the Heimlich maneuver in the backseat of the family’s car, just as the frightened mom opened the car door.

He wouldn’t have been able to, though, if his mother hadn’t made him attend a free, 20-minute CPR class at a local library.

The young man, of course, thought that he could be having fun instead, but now everyone is glad that he attended the class, only to apply his newfound skills just weeks later.

Please SHARE if you think more people should attend classes like these, and if you feel more should be offered!

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