A 17-year-old Texas cheerleader was enjoying her homecoming parade when in the crowd she spotted a mom calling for help as her toddler was choking to death.
Tyra Winters, a student from Rockwall High School, near Dallas, was on the school’s float with her cheerleading squad and the football team when she heard that a child was choking in the crowd and shouts for help from a desperate mom.
She looked out into the spectators watching the parade and spotted the little boy whose face was turning “super, super red,” she told ABC News.
Tyra immediately jumped off the float and ran towards the boy, who was with his mother, and performed the Heimlich maneuver. “At this point, he’s kind of turning purple. I picked him up and then I tilted him downwards and gave him two or three back thrusts. He then was spitting everything up.” Tyra recalled.
The toddler’s mom, Nicole Hornback, revealed that she had already tried to perform the Heimlich on her son, 2-year-old Clarke, but it hadn’t worked.
“I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone.” Nicole told CBS News. “I was sitting right next to him. I just happened to look over. There was no noise, no coughing, no breathing.”
Nicole praised Tyra for being so brave and was so thankful that she was so willing to help save her son’s life.
“She saved my baby. I commend her for being a teenager and being trained,” Nicole said after the two hugged in a reunion just days after the event.
Tyra said that she is glad that she could be there for little Clarke and also revealed that her mother taught her the Heimlich a few years ago. “I knew exactly what to do from that point on.” Tyra said.
Talk about real life heroes! Little Clarke may not know who Tyra is just yet but his mom knows certainly won’t forget the selfless teenager who saved his life.
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