BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A 7-year-old girl is being hailed as a hero after she saw her classmate choking, jumped up and performed the Heimlich maneuver.
The cafeteria at Golden Isles Elementary School has signs posted explaining what choking looks like. Seven-year-old Molli-Malone Wommack said she recognized them instantly.
“My friend was eating some corn and I noticed that she was holding her hand over her throat and her face was kind of turning purple,” said Wommack.
While other students stared, Wommack said she jumped into action.
“First I got up, then I went behind her and did this over her stomach and then all I did was just push on her stomach,” said Wommack.
Molli-Malone’s mom, a nurse at Golden Isles Elementary School, said she's proud she taught her the Heimlich maneuver at such a young age.
“Their little brains are like sponges. They just absorb and absorb and absorb. It's amazing what they can learn at her age,” said mom Kelli Wommack.
Molli-Malone’s classmates nicknamed her the “Heimlich hero-” and Molli-Malone has a reason everyone needs to learn the Heimlich.
“If you ever need to do the Heimlich and someone's right beside you choking and you know it, then you need to go to them and do it,” said Wommack.
Teachers say Molli-Malone is a great example of how being prepared can literally save a life.