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Boy with autism saves his classmate with Heimlich manoeuvre he learned on SpongeBob
His classmate had been choking on a piece of apple.

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A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has saved one of his classmates with a manoeuvre he learned from television programme ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’.

This happened when Brandon Williams, who has autism, noticed his classmate Jessica Pellegrino struggling to breathe after getting a piece of apple stuck in her throat.

Taking action, Williams wrapped his arms around his classmate’s midsection and applied force to her diaphragm, causing her to spit out the apple.

The incident happened on 28 October during lunch at Barnes Intermediate School where Williams is a student, NBC has reported.

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Later when he was asked how he had learned the Heimlich manoeuvre, he responded by saying that he had “learned it on SpongeBob”.

A party was later thrown for the young hero, with adults even offering to give him a medal, something that he declined.

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