clear
Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 7:55PM

Girl, 7, uses Heimlich maneuver on choking student

By The Associated Press
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- The teachers and other pupils at Golden Isles Elementary School are calling Molli-Malone Wommack a hero.<br /> <br /> Molli was eating lunch Wednesday in the school cafeteria when she noticed a classmate clutching her throat and her face turning purple.<br /> <br /> While other children sitting at the table ran to get a teacher, the 7-year-old second-grader knew exactly what was happening and how to handle it.<br /> <br /> "I saw her put her hand over her throat and thought, `Oh, my God, she's choking,'" Molli said some six hours after performing the life-saving Heimlich maneuver.<br /> <br /> "I stood up, went behind her, reached around her waist and pushed on her stomach and the food came out."<br /> <br /> By the time teachers arrived, Molli said her classmate was a little shaken, but breathing normally and in good spirits.<br /> <br /> "She kept saying I am an American hero," Molli said.<br /> <br /> Molli was asked to go to the school nurse's office after the incident to explain what had happened. The school nurse is Kelli Wommack, Molli's mother and the person who taught her daughter the Heimlich maneuver two years ago.<br /> <br /> "They said she just got up and did it," Kelli Wommack said. "She just responded. I was quite proud of her."<br /> <br /> Wommack said the girl her daughter helped, who was not identified because of school confidentiality rules, choked on a spoonful of corn. "Anything can choke you," she said.<br /> <br /> Molli said her mother taught her the Heimlich maneuver, named for a Cincinnati surgeon who developed it 40 years ago to prevent suffocation from choking, and CPR when she was 5 years old because it's something everyone should know.<br /> <br /> "If somebody was choking, my mom said I needed to know what to do," Molli said. "It could happen anywhere."<br /> <br /> Still, Molli says she never expected she would ever perform the life-saving procedure on anyone, especially at her young age.<br /> <br /> Molli says she was the talk of the school among classmates after word spread about her response to a friend choking. "Everybody heard about it," Molli said.<br /> <br /> Kelli Wommack says her daughter is proud she was able to help someone in distress.<br /> <br /> As a reward, Molli says she hopes she gets mentioned on her school's daily morning show broadcast.<br /> <br /> Molli says she plans to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a nurse when she grows up.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 8 months ago )
High court to adopt electronic filing of cases
The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday in his annual end-of-year report.
7:57PM ( 8 months ago )
Storm brings snow, cold to West for New Year's
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
5:19PM ( 8 months ago )
U.S. News
Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests; many of those may be deceased
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's inspector general said Wednesday, but...
7:29PM ( 25 minutes ago )
In Alaska wilderness, Obama stares down melting glacier to sound alarm on climate change
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.From a distance, Exit...
7:11PM ( 43 minutes ago )
The Latest: Republican state Senate president asks for time to change Kentucky's marriage law
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The latest on a county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses (all times local):6:12 p.m.The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate ha...
6:27PM ( 1 hour ago )
US stocks rebound a day after plunging on fears about slowing growth in China
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rebounded Wednesday, recovering a significant portion of their losses from the day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by...
5:42PM ( 2 hours ago )
Obama seals legacy-defining Iran deal as Senate Dems gather 34 votes to stymie GOP resolution
WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran...
4:38PM ( 3 hours ago )