8-year-old boy saves suffocating sister’s life with technique he learned on Nickelodeon

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An eight-year-old boy saved his little sister’s life by performing a first aid maneuver when she got food down her throat – a technique he learned from John Cena on a Nickelodeon TV show.

Jaxson Dempsey of Hazleton, Pennsylvania was in the car with 20-month-old father and sister Leila when she started choking on a chicken nugget.

Frightened, Jaxson immediately thought of an episode of Nickelodeon’s The Substitute, in which John Cena demonstrates techniques such as CPR, and took action to save his little sister.

Buddies: Jaxson Dempsey of Hazleton, Pennsylvania was in the car with 20-month-old father and sister Leila when she started choking on a chicken nugget

Buddies: Jaxson Dempsey of Hazleton, Pennsylvania was in the car with 20-month-old father and sister Leila when she started choking on a chicken nugget

Come to the rescue!  Jaxson told his father to stop and hit Leila between the shoulder blades, loosening the food

Come to the rescue!  Jaxson told his father to stop and hit Leila between the shoulder blades, loosening the food

Come to the rescue! Jaxson told his father to stop and hit Leila between the shoulder blades, loosening the food

Genius!  He recalled an episode of the Nickelodeon joke show The Substitute with John Cena as a guest star.  Cena had demonstrated techniques to help someone who is choking

Genius!  He recalled an episode of the Nickelodeon joke show The Substitute with John Cena as a guest star.  Cena had demonstrated techniques to help someone who is choking

Genius! He recalled an episode of the Nickelodeon joke show The Substitute with John Cena as a guest star. Cena had demonstrated techniques to help someone who is choking

The Dempseys were in the car when Jaxson noticed something was wrong with Leila.

“We drove to my haircut and I noticed she was choking on a McDonald’s chicken nugget,” he told the local news outlet. I do

Father Matt Dempsey was unaware of it in the front seat, saying he didn’t hear his daughter because ‘she wasn’t coughing, she didn’t panic’ – so it was lucky that Jaxson was paying attention and knew what to do.

“I felt scared because I thought she was going to die,” he told CBS WEBut then this thing came to mind. I told my dad to stop and started patting her on the back. ‘

Jaxson’s thoughts when to the Nickelodeon hidden camera prank show The Substitute, in which celebrities go undercover as substitute teachers. In one episode, professional wrestler John Cena is the undercover sub, teaching children CPR techniques.

Jaxson remembered what he saw, his sister leaned forward and slapped her back between her shoulder blades with the heel of his hand.

In about 30 seconds, the chicken nugget came out.

Well done!  Jaxson was celebrated with a small local parade of fire trucks flashing their lights and ringing their sirens in his honor, and Nickelodeon praised him for saving Lelia.

Well done!  Jaxson was celebrated with a small local parade of fire trucks flashing their lights and ringing their sirens in his honor, and Nickelodeon praised him for saving Lelia.

Well done! Jaxson was celebrated with a small local parade of fire trucks flashing their lights and ringing their sirens in his honor, and Nickelodeon praised him for saving Lelia.

“He’s always been a really good big brother, but I never knew he would know what to do with it,” said his father.

Proud: Jaxson said he felt 'like a hero' and wanted to thank John Cena for being on the show

Proud: Jaxson said he felt 'like a hero' and wanted to thank John Cena for being on the show

Proud: Jaxson said he felt ‘like a hero’ and wanted to thank John Cena for being on the show

Her face was bright purple and red, and she wasn’t really breathing. Jaxson took action before I even opened the door, ”Dad Matt told WYOU. ‘I could not believe it. I mean he’s always been a really good big brother, but I never knew he would know what to do with it. ‘

She just ran out of air. She wasn’t breathing. Thank goodness Jaxson was there, because without him I don’t know if Leila would be here, ‘he added to WNEP.

Jaxson said he felt ‘like a hero’ and wanted to thank John Cena for being on the show.

“It taught me a lot about saving someone’s life,” he told WYOU.

‘If [other kids] have a sister and she is suffocating, their parents must teach them how to pat them on the back. And watch the very first episode of The Substitute on Nick, ”he said.

Jaxson was celebrated with a small local parade of fire trucks flashing their lights and ringing their sirens in his honor, and Nickelodeon praised him for saving Lelia.

Everyone at Nickelodeon is so proud of Jaxson and his heroic actions, and we are honored to be a part of such a remarkable story of good news and courage! Yay to Jaxson and Leila !!! Nickelodeon spokesman David Bittler said in a statement against it PEOPLE

Torri'ell Norwood (right) in high school saved the life of her best friend A'zarria Simmons (left) by performing CPR after a car accident - just a day after she completed CPR training

Torri'ell Norwood (right) in high school saved the life of her best friend A'zarria Simmons (left) by performing CPR after a car accident - just a day after she completed CPR training

Torri’ell Norwood (right) in high school saved the life of her best friend A’zarria Simmons (left) by performing CPR after a car accident – just a day after she completed CPR training

Torri'ell, 16, had just finished basic living class in Florida when she and three friends were hit by another car, causing them to run into a tree

Torri'ell, 16, had just finished basic living class in Florida when she and three friends were hit by another car, causing them to run into a tree

Torri’ell, 16, had just finished basic living class in Florida when she and three friends were hit by another car, causing them to run into a tree

Earlier this year, ahigh school junior saved her best friend’s life by performing CPR after a car accident – just a day after she completed CPR training.

Torri’ell Norwood, 16, just had one basic life support class at her high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Feb. 19, and already made good use of it on Feb. 20.

She, 16-year-old A’zarria Simmons, and two other friends were on their way home when another driver bumped into Torri’ell’s car on the driver’s side. They crashed through someone’s front yard and hit a tree.

The car had been so beaten up that Torri’ell couldn’t get out of the driver’s side door, so she climbed out of the front window. Two of her friends followed and got out of the car.

But A’zarria – whom Torri’ell has been friends with since seventh grade – couldn’t figure it out. When Torri’ell checked, she saw her friend sitting unconscious in the backseat, apparently with her head hit against the window.

‘When I turned around I didn’t see A’zarria running with us,’ said Torri’ell CNNSo I had to run back to the car as soon as possible. She just sat there not responding. ‘

As people gathered, Torri’ell warned everyone to stay behind as she pulled her boyfriend out of the car and started working on her.

When Torri'ell (right) realized that her friend A'zarria, 16, was unresponsive in the backseat, she took action

When Torri'ell (right) realized that her friend A'zarria, 16, was unresponsive in the backseat, she took action

When Torri’ell (right) realized that her friend A’zarria, 16, was unresponsive in the backseat, she took action

In a school program, Torri'ell learned to check for vital signs, measure blood pressure, help someone joking, use a defibrillator - and most importantly, perform CPR

In a school program, Torri'ell learned to check for vital signs, measure blood pressure, help someone joking, use a defibrillator - and most importantly, perform CPR

In a school program, Torri’ell learned to check for vital signs, measure blood pressure, help someone joking, use a defibrillator – and most importantly, perform CPR

First she checked the pulse on her neck, then rested her head against her boyfriend’s chest to make sure she was breathing – but didn’t hear anything.

‘I immediately started CPR with her. She started moving and breathing on her own, so I knew she was fine, ”she said Inside Edition“I just did what I knew I had to do.”

Torri’ell performed 30 compressions and two rescue breaths before her friend regained consciousness. Eventually, paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital.

‘I don’t remember the hit or anything about an accident. But when I woke up, I was in the hospital. I was in shock. I was trying to figure out how I got there, ”A’zarria said.

The teens were blessed with happy timing. Just the day before Torri’ell had completed the Athletic Lifestyle Management Academy at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg.

“I wasn’t shocked that she did it because she’s always doing things for me,” said A’zarria (left). ‘She always has my back’

In the program, she learned how to check for vital signs, measure someone’s blood pressure, help someone joking, use a defibrillator – and most importantly, CPR.

It came in handy faster than she could have expected.

“I never thought that of all the students in my class I would be the one to perform it on someone,” she told CNN.

However, A’zarria was not surprised that her friend came to her aid.

“I wasn’t shocked she did it because she’s always doing things for me,” A’zarria told Inside Edition. She always has my back. It’s deeper than friendship, it’s been deeper than before this accident and all this happened. It just made me realize [that] if she wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be here today.

“She will always help in any way she can, to help anyone,” she added. Even if it wasn’t me, if someone else was and she knew she could do something to help, she would. So that didn’t really scare me. ‘

Torri’ell plans to continue to use these valuable skills in the future and wants to become a nurse.

“I know if anyone needed help, I would come to the rescue,” she said.