13yo with autism saves his choking classmate with lesson from Spongebob Squarepants


Brandon Williams, a 7th grade student with autism, observed his classmate choking during lunch and ran to help. Brandon had a clear idea of what he was to do: the Heimlich maneuver. He’d seen it on Spongebob Squarepants cartoons, and became a hero at school for successfully enacting it.

On October 28, Williams lifted a chocking Jessica Pellegrino from her seat as  and pulled his arms hard into her diaphragm from behind until a piece of apple shot out of her mouth.

It isn’t the only episode Spongebob Squarepants has inspired a kid to take life-saving action. In 2010, Miriam Starob12 at that time, used the same Heimlich technique to save her “BFF,” after watching the same episode that inspired Brandon Williams.


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