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Kind­ergarten student saves classmate

Youngster performed Heimlich maneuver to friend who was choking

SAN ANTONIO - Jasiah Rubalcava, 5, has never taken a first-aid or CPR class, but he performed what might have been a life-saving service for a classmate last Thursday.


Rubalcava and his friend, Nicholas Carvajal, were eating lunch in the cafeteria at West Avenue Elementary school, when Carvajal began choking on a chip.

Without missing a beat, Rubalcava ran around the table and started performing the Heimlich maneuver.

“It felt like kind of weird, cause when it popped out, it scraped the lining to my throat,” said Carvajal.

Cafeteria Monitor Charlotte Rowe recalled seeing a red-faced Carvajal with his hands around his throat.

In the few seconds it took her to rush to help, Rubalcava had already dislodged the chip.

“We took Nicholas to see the nurse. He was fine and we realized that Jasiah had saved his life,” Rowe said.

When asked how he learned the life-saving maneuver, Rubalcava said he wasn’t sure, but that he might have seen it on TV.


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