Safe Sitter® Heroes
"I Felt Like a Hero!"
After saving her 6-year-old sister who was choking on a hard
peppermint candy, Arica, 15, said she felt like a
hero! Everyone agrees that Arica is a hero - especially
Alydia, her sister!
"We were in my bedroom and I was dancing with our 9-year-old
cousin," said Arica. "Alydia had been coloring and she got up
to dance with us. I noticed that Alydia was waving her arms trying
to get our attention. She was unable to talk and looked like
she was trying to gag. I did the Heimlich Maneuver 3 times and then
I picked her up and carried her downstairs to the kitchen. Our
dad was in the basement so I yelled for him. I did the
Heimlich several more times and the candy popped out! Then she
threw up! Our dad came up just after Alydia threw up."
Arica had taken Safe Sitter® 3 years earlier at a local school
sponsored by her local hospital in Indiana. Arica said she
knew what to do when Alydia choked because she had learned it in
class. "I was shaking but I thought, 'I just saved
her!' I felt like a hero!"
Arica felt like a hero because she was a hero! She stayed
calm, remembered what to do, and acted quickly in an
emergency! That's what Safe Sitter® Heroes do!