A grateful mother, Samantha Compton of Vian, took the photo above of her son, Bryson Pack, and Mickayla Daniels at Subway in Vian on Aug. 9, just after Mickayla saved Bryson from choking with the Heimlich maneuver.
Mickayla, who has only worked at the Subway shop for three weeks, was honored by the company Wednesday when she was given a lifesaving certificate at a regional meeting.
Mickayla said she was working in the back behind the counter when she heard a commotion on Aug. 9.
“A boy was choking and his mother was panicking,” Mickayla recalled. Mickayla said she made her way to the table and told Compton she could perform the Heimlich maneuver if she wished. Compton told her to go ahead.
“I wrapped my arms around him and did a hard pressure up against the ribs,” Mickayla said. The action saved Bryson so he could make it to his 13th birthday just two days later on Aug. 11, Mickayla said.
Mickayla is only age 20 herself.
She said performing the lifesaving maneuver wasn’t easy, since Bryson is taller and heavier than she is, and because she is pregnant.
MIckayla said she learned the Heimlich maneuver when she was taking a babysitting class at the age of 13, and she refreshed her training when she was pregnant with her first child.
Mickayla is modest about being honored because she saved Bryson from choking, and perhaps a bit embarrassed. She related what happened last week when she was awarded the lifesaving certificate by Subway at that meeting.
“Everybody clapped,” she said shyly, and she seemed to be surprised at the honor.
But there’s one Vian family who is happy that Mickayla isn’t shy when it comes to saving a life with her Heimlich training.
Samantha Compton posted on Facebook, “She is a hero. She literally saved his life. He could not breathe!!!! I’m so grateful to her and ‘Thank you’ just doesn’t seem to be enough.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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