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VALENTINE’S DAY HERO: Quick thinking Fresno boy saves classmate from choking on candy

Here’s a sweet story about an eight-year old boy who's being called a hero. He came to his classmate's rescue during a Valentine’s Day party when she started to choke during and couldn't breathe.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 3:08 PM

Faith plays a big role in the lives of kids enrolled at St. Anthony’s School.

A classroom party emergency strengthened Makayla Annis' faith in her friends.

“My desk partner made me laugh too hard when I ate a gummy bear and then I kind of tried to swallow it and I started choking," Annis said.

Eight-year-old Andrew Ramirez didn't hesitate when he saw his seven-year-old buddy turning pink.

"I saw Makayla choking, grabbing her neck and I quickly gave her the Heimlich maneuver," he said.

"Then I spit it out in the trash can,” Makayla said. “A little bit, just a little."

When Andrew's father picked him up from school, he wasn't sure what to think.

"My daughter, she's five,” said Dr. Rene Ramirez, Andrew’s father said. “She's like ‘Andrew’s a hero, Andrew’s a hero.’ I was like ‘hold on, you know little kids kind of exaggerate and tell tall tales.’"

It was all true.

Ramirez is an emergency room physician. He was stunned to hear his son knew what to do.

"Heimlich Maneuver that's a big word,” Dr. Ramirez said. “Do you even know what the Heimlich maneuver is? and he was like, ‘yeah, you taught me.’"

Dr. Ramirez didn't realize Andrew has even practiced the technique.

"If they're choking you get them right about here and you just push back like you're giving them a really big hug," Andrew said.

"Well when I was choking I was holding my neck like this and i saw him and i was pointing to my neck and then he went like this," Makayla said.

Young Andrew responded like a modern day Doogie Howser.

“If she turned blue she would have to go to the hospital too so i didn't want that to happen," Andrew said.

"I was very surprised, this young gentleman helped me. Very thankful? Yes,” Makayla said.

Andrew appears destined for the medical field.

“Yes, I would like to be a doctor very, very much," Andrew said.

"I did let him know if he is to be an emergency doctor like he got his first save," Dr. Ramirez said.

In the meantime these two will always have a story to share about the importance of listening to your parents.

Andrew is a cub scout. He asked his dad if his quick thinking will put him in the running for a Scout in Action award.

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