Cheerleader, 17, jumps off parade float to save choking toddler in crowd – Today News

 A high school cheerleader has been hailed a hero after jumping off a parade float to save a choking toddler  Tyra Winters, 17, was taking part in a parade in Rockwall, near Dallas, Texas, when she heard the mum call for help  She looked around and saw the boy, whose face was turning “super, super red”.  ABC news reports she then jumped off the float she was sharing with the cheerleading squad and football team and ran to help  She performed the Heimlich manoeuvre and saved the boy’s life.  Tyra said: “At this point, he’s kind of turning purple I picked him up and then I tilted him downwards and gave him two or three back thrusts He then was spitting everything up.”  Nicole Hornback, the boy’s mum, said she had tried to perform the same move on her son Clarke, two, but it hadn’t worked  The relieved mum said: “I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone  “I was sitting right next to him. I just happened to look over. There was no noise, no coughing, no breathing ”   Ms Hornback praised Tyra for being so brave and jumping down to help.  Tyra explained her mum had taught her the Heimlich manoeuvre a few years previous and she was happy to help  She said: “I knew exactly what to do from that point on,” she said.  Nicole said: “She saved my baby I commend her for being a teenager and being trained.”

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