On his last day of first grade, 7-year-old Tyler Healy of Weymouth, Mass., saved his mother’s life. Tyler performed the Heimlich maneuver, which his mom had taught him last year, to dislodge an egg roll in his mother’s airway.
On his last day of first grade, 7-year-old Tyler Healy saved his mother’s life. Tyler came home from an early release day Monday and his mother served lunch, as always. While she was eating, an egg roll became lodged in her airway and she began choking.
Dawn Healy was standing by the kitchen sink, trying to breathe, when Tyler realized she was choking. He quickly hit her back twice to dislodge the food, but nothing happened.
Healy continued choking and Tyler, who remembered the Heimlich maneuver lessons his mother taught him, wrapped his arms around her upper stomach and gave two firm squeezes.
On the second squeeze, the egg roll came flying out of Healy’s mouth.
“He was crying, and I was crying, he was all upset,” Healy said, “but he did what he was taught, and I continued to breathe. I gave him a hug and a kiss and told him I love him.”
Healy taught her son the Heimlich maneuver last year, just in case. She said she hopes more parents will teach their children the maneuver.
“My thought was that they’re never too young to learn,” she said.
Healy, a single mother with no other children, did not seek medical attention. Her voice remained raspy for a few hours and she was worn out, but felt fine otherwise.
“He’s my hero,” Healy said. “I’m so proud of him, he’s just an amazing kid.”
Tyler hovered around her, patted her head and made sure she was all right.
“Had he not been there, I couldn’t have been here,” she said.
The Patriot Ledger