October 22, 2020 by Cathy Stack
Tyra immediately jumped off of the float and ran over to assist. “I got this,” she confidently told the terrified woman. The senior then grabbed the toddler, turned him upside down, and gave him three firm back slaps. The candy was suddenly dislodged and the child was breathing again thanks to the teen’s quick-thinking, and lifesaving action.
The dramatic ordeal happened quickly. The child’s mother, Nicole Hornback had noticed that her usually rambunctious 2-year-old boy was quiet. She turned to him and was horrified to find him distressed from choking on a piece of candy. “I just happened to look over to him and there was no noise, there was no coughing, there was no breathing,” she recalled. It was a parent’s worst nightmare.
The brave teen didn’t hesitate helping for a moment. “My very first thought was, oh my God, I have to help this child,” said Tyra. She said that she learned the CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skill in 8th grade from her own mother who works in the medical field.
The family will forever be thankful for the teen’s quick intervention and Heimlich maneuver training. “She saved my baby,” the mother said. Soon after the incident, the little boy named Clark and his mother reunited with Tyra to express their gratitude. “You are amazing, you are going to do great things in life,” the impressed mother told her son’s hero.
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