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In an incredible moment, an Ohio assistant principal saved the life of a fourth grader by performing the Heimlich maneuver for the first time after he choked on a mini corndog.
Darby Baumberger, 51, of Kent, was working her first lunch shift as an assistant manager at the Betty Jane Community Learning Center when 9-year-old Arthur Clark began choking on the table behind her on Thursday.
I was talking to one of my cousins. He said something really funny while I was eating my corn dogs,” Clark told Fox 8 on Thursday. “It felt like something was in my throat, my throat itched, it was like it hurt and stuff.”
“I was thinking if I’m going to die,” the fourth grader told Cleveland 19.
When the assistant principal asked the student if he was okay, he reportedly didn’t respond and was “leaning over the table and still coughing.”
Baumberger was seen on surveillance footage moments later running around the table to get to the young scholar and begin performing the Heimlich.
“I looked at my director and she said, ‘I’m going to call the nurse, I’m going to the nurse,’ but in my head, I’m like, ‘There’s no time for that’ because I realized I had stopped breathing.’ the deputy director told Fox 8.
Clark’s mother, Ashley Howell
Surveillance footage shows Baumberger pressing gently against Clark’s stomach twice, but when nothing came off, he did it again, with more force.
“I made it a little harder and the fourth time, it came off,” he told the outlet.
Clark joked that the Heimlich felt like “getting punched in the stomach by John Cena,” he told Cleveland 19.
Clark’s mother, Ashley Howell, called the educator a ‘superhero’ and said: ‘I am so happy that Mrs Baumberger was there and reacted the way she reacted.’
The boy was fine after the shocking event, but his mother said she didn’t feel like eating for the rest of the day. Even though corn dogs are one of her favorite foods, the boy said she was going to give them up for a while.
Even more unbelievable, Baumberger told Fox 8 that she never had formal Heimlich training, and this was the first time she had had to use it in her 26 years in education.
After Clark was checked out by the school nurse and paramedics, Baumberger asked them if she “did okay.”
‘And they said: “He’s still alive. You did it right,”‘ she told Cleveland 19.
Clark and Baumberger have declared themselves ‘friends for life’ since the terrifying incident and the student even calls her his ‘hero.’
‘Miss Baumberger saved my life,’ he told Cleveland 19.
Darby Baumberger Quick and Facts
- Darby Baumberger, 51, of Kent, was working her first lunch shift as assistant principal at Betty Jane Community Learning Center when a student choked
- Arthur Clark, 9, was eating mini corn dogs when his cousin said a joke and he started choking on one of his favorite foods
- ‘It felt like something was in my throat my throat was itchy, it was like hurting and stuff,’ the student said
- Baumberger heard him and asked if he was okay, but he was unable to respond as he was choking and ‘bent over the table’
- Despite the nurse being on the way, Baumberger jumped into action because she could ‘tell he had stopped breathing’
- It was the first time Baumberger had ever done the Heimlich in her 26 years in education, and she had no formal training for it