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CLIVE, Iowa – Junior high student Colby Cook has never been trained in the Heimlich maneuver, but he says he saw enough of it on TV to save his buddy’s life when the need arose.
The 13-year-old eighth grader at Indian Hills Junior High School in Clive told the Des Moines Register he and his friend Kyle Randolph, also 13, were eating lunch in the school cafeteria earlier this month, when Randolph suddenly stood up from the table, grasping at his throat. Apparently, a piece of meatball sandwich had gotten lodged, and Randolph was struggling to breathe.
“I can’t really describe it, because it happened so fast, but I just jumped in and gave him the Heimlich,” Cook told the Register.
The meatball was dislodged and Randolph saved, but Cook apparently thought little of it at the time.
“They just took care of it themselves,” Indian Hills Principal Shane Christensen said. “They didn’t say anything. It was the end of the week, and they just went home.”
But that night, Cook let it slip to his parents: “Yeah, I saved a life today in school.”