12-year-old girl saves twin brother's life after he chokes in school cafeteria

May 22, 2023

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The Heimlich maneuver is designed to be used on people ages 1 and older, specifically when a person is not able to speak, cough or breathe, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

When performing the maneuver, the ACEP says to first reach around the waist of the person who is choking, placing one clenched first above the navel and one below the rib cage.

Then, holding the two fists together, push "backward and upward under the rib cage six to 10 times quickly," according to the ACEP.

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