Autistic teen saves girl from chocking

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29 Nov 2017, 1:14 am

Teen With Autism Saves Girl From Choking - Doctors say Austin Medlock's quick thinking saved Kaelie Burk's life.
By J. Ryne Danielson, Patch Staff | Nov 28, 2017 12:11 pm ET

Someone threw a quarter towards the back of the bus and, in a one-in-a-million chance, it landed in Kaelie Burk's mouth, lodging in her throat. With Burk choking, Austin Medlock, a teenager with autism, jumped into action, performing the Heimlich Maneuver and saving the girl's life:

"It didn't get the quarter all the way out but at least she was able to breathe," Austin said. X-rays showed the quarter in Kaelie's throat. Doctors were able to remove it.

"They said if he wouldn't have given me the Heimlich I would not be here," Kaelie said. "I think that he's my hero."

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