A Texas high school cheerleader spotted a toddler choking to death and took action immediately and jumped off a float in her homecoming parade.
Tyra Winters is a 17-year-old student at Rockwell High School in Dallas. She explained how she was on the float with her cheerleading team along with the football players when she heard a child choking in the crowd.
She immediately scanned the crowd and picked out a boy whose face was turning “super, super red,” she said to ABC News.
Winters wasted no time and jumped off the float and sprinted toward the boy, who was with his mother. She immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver.
The little boy’s mother, Nicole Hornback, said that she had tried and failed to perform the Heimlich on her two-year-old son but it did not work.
“I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone,” Hornback told CBS News.
“I was sitting right next to him. I just happened to look over. There was no noise, no coughing, no breathing.”
Hornback described Winters as “very brave” and gave her all of the credit in the world for her brave actions.
Tyra said her mother taught her the Heimlich maneuver a few years back and was very grateful to be there for the little boy, Clarke.
“She saved my baby,’ said Hornback. ‘I commend her for being a teenager and being trained.”
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Even though Clarke doesn’t even know who Tyra is, he is very thankful to be alive. Her mother knows exactly who the young teenager who saved her son is.