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Kansas fourth grader saves another student with Heimlich maneuver

Posted at 7:13 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 07:41:45-05

SCOTT CITY, KS-- What seemed like a regular day for fourth-grader Keller Turner would soon turn into a life-changing event for the 10-year-old.

"So, we were all sitting down eating lunch and I heard someone coughing and it was Max," he remembered.

Turner says a lunch duty attendant tried to help Max by patting him on the back but was unable to help the student.

That's when Keller stepped in and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

"His face got red really fast so, I knew he was choking really bad, so I got up and I did the Heimlich on him," Turner said.

His mom Nicole Turner says she doesn't know where he learned the maneuver but is really happy that he did. "Um, I was really proud of him and I think I didn't realize how serious it was, until after school, when he told me, walked me through what happened. I'm just really proud of him for being, not hesitating and being quick acting."

Keller says he learned this life-saving exercise through his grandma. "She said something about it and I heard how to do it."

Turner says his friend is thankful he saved his life.