Nursing student saves child choking on candy in subway – with technique learned in class

As we often say, most heroes don’t wear capes – and most aren’t famous at all.

Although we constantly hear news about the terrible stories of tragedies from all over the world, there are also countless wonderful stories of solidarity and kindness that are worth knowing and spreading to others.

María López was traveling one day in the subway, unaware that she would soon change the life of a nearby family.

It was an ordinary day when 18 year-old María López entered a metro station in Granada on November 23. She could not have guessed what would happen next.

As she sat on the metro, Maria heard the desperate cries of a mother screaming for help, according to the IES Aynadamar website, the institute where Maria studied nursing.

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The mother shouted: “My son, he’s choking! He’s choking! “, as she patted the 9-year-old boy’s face, desperate to heal her son.

As the metro’s passengers sat frozen in their seats, Maria didn’t think twice: she ran towards the mom and her son.

As she ran over, she saw that the boy was red and had his hands wrapped around his neck. Maria also realized that the boy’s color was changing and that he was starting to turn purple.

Maria knew it was time to put her nursing training into action. Just a few weeks prior to this incident, Maria had learned about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, more commonly known as CPR, according to Antena 3.

“I didn’t even think about it,” María told local paper Granada Hoy. “I saw that people were not reacting and I got upset.”

Maria placed the child on her lap and began performing the Heimlich maneuver. She soon managed to get the child to vomit and eject the hard candy he was choking on.

María recalls that the day she took her theoretical class, it “did not go so well.” But thankfully, in real life, “everything worked out,” María told Granada Hoy.

The boy soon recovered his strength at which point his first words were: “Thank you for helping me.”

It’s clear that Maria is going to be an amazing health professional. Not only has she demonstrated that she is capable of applying the knowledge she learned in school very well, but she has also demonstrated that she has the courage and temperament to react in emergency situations.

It’s so incredible that Maria happened to be there at that precise moment. The child and his family will be forever grateful to her for saving his life.

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