Burlington, NC -- Imagine you're sitting in your high school classroom, its a normal day, until you hear your teacher coughing. It's not a normal cough. His face is turning red. What would you do?
This happened in a computer classroom at River Mill High School in Burlington Wednesday afternoon. Sixteen-year-old Emily Thouin sprang into action, saving her teacher's life.
The teacher, Jonathan Weis, said he was trying to grab a quick bite to eat when he started choking on his sandwich. Weis said, "It's just the scariest thing in the world when you can't find breath. You're trying hard to get a decent breath but there is nothing getting by what's stuck in your throat." He said as soon as Emily noticed he was having a problem, she jumped up and performed the heimlich maneuver.
Emily said, "I think everybody should be prepared for whatever comes at you in life. And if its to give somebody the heimlich maneuver, you need to do it, cause thats the difference between somebody living and somebody dying."
Emily learned the heimlich in a ninth grade health class and by taking classes at the American Red Cross. She says she wants to be a nurse.
Weis said, "It's one thing to know what to do, but it's another thing to have the courage to stand up and do it. It takes a very special person to stand up and do it."
WFMY News 2