Teacher performs Heimlich maneuver to save choking student

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, October 04 2015 Oct 4, 2015 Sunday, October 04, 2015 1:14:00 PM CDT October 04, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

HALLSVILLE (AP) — A Missouri middle school teacher is being applauded for her quick actions after performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who had a piece of candy lodged in his throat.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports eighth-grader Gage Donner was walking in the hallway at Hallsville Middle School on Wednesday when a piece of candy blocked his air passage.

A friend saw Donner was in trouble and got the attention of sixth-grade teacher Betsy Berry. She says she saw Donner gagging and pointing to his throat and chest.

Berry says she has no formal training in the Heimlich maneuver but saw her father do it for her mother when she was 10 or 11.

Berry will receive the Hallsville Chamber of Commerce's Hometown Hero Award in December.

(Editor's note: The story has been corrected to note that Berry will receive the award, not Donner, per the cited article.) 

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