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Boy moves swiftly to save baby sister after she starts choking
During a very frightening situation, 8-year-old Ezra became his little sister's hero.
Irene Markianou
08.09.22

Ezra, an 8-year-old boy, is now hailed as a hero after saving his little sister’s life during a scary situation.

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Meg St-Esprit has four children and, as a busy mother, she needs to do a million things at the same time, while making sure the kids are safe.

So, as she was doing stuff in the kitchen, she heard coughing from the room where her 3-year-old daughter, Naarah, was eating spaghetti. As she ran to that room, she realized that someone else had rushed to Naarah’s rescue before her.

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It was the girl’s big brother, Ezra, who, when Meg got to the room, was already performing the Heimlich maneuver on the child.

The mother of four admitted that she was not okay with Ezra doing that because he had not received proper training, but then she realized that her son was actually doing the right thing.

“I knew she wasn’t ok so I just came up right behind her as I said and I [performed the Heimlich maneuver]” the boy told Inside Edition.

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YouTube - Inside Edition

And, while Meg thought it was something he had learned at Cub Scouts, Ezra explained that it had nothing to do with that.

In fact, the boy had learned how to save someone from choking after watching several videos of others performing the Heimlich maneuver on his favorite YouTube channel, Inside Edition.

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YouTube - Inside Edition

Meg, a journalist and travel writer, even posted about it on social media:

“Many of you know that Ezra is obsessed with @insideedition and @deborahnorville. As I was running in from the kitchen when I heard forceful coughing sounds, Ezra was already doing the Heimlich on his baby sister. He saw someone perform it on one of the past episodes. Thankful more than ever for his love of the show and his quick thinking!” she wrote on Instagram.

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The woman could not believe that a couple of clips were enough for her little boy to save his choking sister’s life, but she is also thankful they are out there for children to see and learn.

She also said that she wishes more big siblings knew how to do it in case of an emergency.

The family’s interview with Inside Edition has gone viral with almost 200k views already, and hundreds of comments that praised the boy for his courage and bravery.

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A YouTube user also pointed out that the name Ezra actually means “helper”, which is actually a fact. You see, the Hebrew name “Ezra” means “helper” or “strength”.

Indeed, the little boy lived up to his name.

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Pexels - Pixabay

In any case, it is important to teach our children how to react in similar situations. This not only empowers them, but it can also prove life-saving for someone else at some point.

Teaching first aid helps the child feel more confident in emergency situations, while it also breeds leadership.

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Watch the family talk about the incident in the video below!

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Source: YouTube – Inside Edition, Instagram – megstesprit, Featured Image: Inside Edition (Meg St-Esprit)

By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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