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October 15, 2013

Lesson sticks: Chisholm 5th-grader employs Heimlich on choking classmate

ENID, Okla. — The lesson of a kindergarten teacher stuck with a Chisholm fifth-grader — and it’s a good thing it did.

Last week, Maeli Powell knew just what to do when her classmate, Macie McCollum, choked in the school lunchroom. Seeing Macie’s face turning red, Maeli sprung into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Macie.

The bite of corn dog stuck in Macie’s throat was dislodged. Looking back, Macie said it was a scary moment.

Both girls are in Melanie Outhier’s fifth-grade class. Maeli said she remembered the words of her kindergarten teacher when she explained how to do a Heimlich maneuver.

Both girls have attended Chisholm since their first days in school. Maeli began attending Chisholm in kindergarten and Macie started at pre-kindergarten.

Maeli’s mother, Jade Powell, told Oklahoma City’s News 9 that Maeli was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome a few years ago and hadn’t shown “that kind of interest in other children before.”

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