NYC elementary student David Diaz Jr. saves choking classmate

A 7-year-old elementary school student is hailed a hero after saving his classmate’s life during lunch using the Heimlich maneuver.

David Diaz Jr., a second grader at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Binghamton, New York, stepped in when he noticed his friend had started choking on pizza at school.

He said he learned the life-saving gesture from “The Good Doctor,” a TV medical drama he watched with his father, David Diaz Sr., over the past year.

“If someone is choking or in danger, you always have to save them,” David Diaz Jr. told Fox News Digital in a recent phone interview.

“If you don’t, it could be really sad,” the boy added.

Young David said he didn’t know for sure he would be able to save his friend when he hugged him. But he hoped he could, because he was closer to the choking student than his teachers at the time.

Kristin Korba, a second-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, told Fox News Digital that David sat across from the choking student.

“Adults walked around the cafeteria, watching,” Korba recalls. “David rushed behind [the choking student] and performed the Heimlich.

Student David Diaz Jr. is seen punching New York State Senator Fred Akshar in the classroom.
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“I went right after it happened and checked [on the student who choked]Korba added. “He was cleared by the nurse and the parents [were] contacted. »

When Korba spoke with David, she learned that he had seen the Heimlich maneuver performed on a TV show and made a note to “remember” it, as it sounded like something “important” to know. .

The Heimlich maneuver, also known as an abdominal thrust, is a first aid procedure in which a person must apply pressure between the navel and someone else’s rib cage in order to dislodge an obstruction in the trachea of the victim, according to the National Library of Medicine.

People can perform Heimlich on themselves or others when choking.

David’s bravery was recognized on June 13 when Binghamton City School District Superintendent Dr. Tonia Thompson and New York State Senator Fred Akshar visited him.

He received a New York State Senate Commendation for his heroic deed.

“I’m very proud of my son,” Diaz Sr. told Fox News Digital. “He’s an angel in my eyes.”

“If he wants to continue to be a doctor when he grows up, I’ll be happy to help him achieve that later in life. But it’s really up to him,” Diaz Sr. continued.

He said he hoped his son would “continue to learn from educational TV shows and become what he wants to be.”

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