When Will Olson started choking between meal, his friends thought it was just a joke. Fortunately, his classmate, Ian Brown realized that his neck's colour was changing and properly performed the Heimlich maneuver to save his life.
Ian Brown from La Crosse, Wisconsin, quickly jumped into action when his schoolmate, Will Olson, began choking and motioning for help.
"We couldn't tell if Will was choking or if he was just laughing and coughing at the same time," Brown said. "Eventually the redness in his face and his hand motions to his neck make us realize that something's not right."
Brown immediately got up from his seat, performing the Heimlich maneuver four times on Olson until the food dislodged from Olson's throat.
The incident was captured on surveillance video at their High School.
The video has gained more than 800,000 views on Facebook. The La Crosse Police Department issued a statement applauding Brown's action. This boy is also a member of their police explorer program. The police department said that Brown learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver as part of his training as a police explorer.
The Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts)
"I felt I was just doing what I was trained to do," Brown said.
The Heimlich maneuver has been credited with saving more than 100,000 lives since the technique was created in 1974.
Below are some simple steps that he says anyone can use to step in and help with the life-saving maneuver: Remain calm, keep composure, call 911, ensure that someone is choking, check if something is stuck in a person's airway that could be removed, and initiate five abdominal thrusts.
Video source: New York Post
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