9-year-old girl saves classmate from choking after learning the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube – Daily Mail | Team Cansler

A fourth-grader from Wisconsin saved her classmate’s life last week when she performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking colleague, a skill she learned while watching a video on YouTube.

Essence ‘Essie’ Collier, 9, told reporters that she and her other classmates were having lunch in her classroom when she first noticed something strange.

“I just saw that she was holding her neck and I rushed over there asap,” Essie told WISN in Milwaukee.

Essie also told the Racine County Eye that she could tell the student wasn’t breathing and was therefore having shortness of breath.

Essence ‘Essie’ Collier, 9, saved her classmate’s life after realizing her classmate was short of breath and was holding on to her neck while she was choking

Essie was sitting across from her friend when she first saw the signs of a struggle

Essie was sitting across from her friend when she first saw the signs of a struggle

The rescue happened Tuesday, November 8, at Fratt Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin.

As a vote was taking place in the school gymnasium, the children ate lunch in their classrooms.

Essie’s teacher, Samantha Bradshaw, was in the classroom with the students and witnessed the young girl’s heroic deeds.

“Out of nowhere, I saw Essence rise up, like a kind of dart through the classroom,” the teacher told WISN.

Bradshaw, unsure of what Essie was doing, tried to stop the student before she realized what was happening.

“I didn’t know what was going on, I kind of said ‘stop!'” she said.

Despite the teacher’s direction, Essie continued to wrap her arms around the other girl and begin the process.

“I see her walk up to the other student, put her arms around her, and do the Heimlich maneuver on her,” Bradshaw said.

“I’ve never seen a student react like that before,” teacher Samantha Bradshaw told local news outlets

As a vote was taking place in the school gymnasium, the children ate lunch in their classrooms

As a vote was taking place in the school gymnasium, the children ate lunch in their classrooms

Essie, who once asked the name of the process she was performing during an interview with WISN, had learned the life-saving tactic online a few years earlier.

“How did you know what to do,” a Milwaukee reporter asked the nine-year-old.

“Because I saw this YouTube video,” Essie replied.

She had seen it when she was just seven years old and somehow, miraculously, she remembered what to do.

Although she said she “couldn’t pronounce the name of the maneuver,” she was still able to perform it and within seconds the other girl’s airway was open and she was breathing normally.

The name of the young girl who rescued her, along with other details about her condition, have not been released by the district or anyone close to the story.

Essie will be honored during a Nov. 21 meeting of the Racine Unified School District Board

Essie will be honored during a Nov. 21 meeting of the Racine Unified School District Board

“I really did what I had to do to save her life because I really didn’t want her to die,” Essie said in an interview with TMJ4.

In this interview, the young girl demonstrated how she performed the process that saved her classmate.

“I put my hands like this,” Essie said, wrapping her arms around the reporter, “and then I pulled them as tight as I can, but like a little soft.”

Essie also said that while she knows what she’s done, she’s heroic, but she’s just trying to do her best.

“You should be a leader. No trailer,” she told the Racine County Eye.

News of Essie’s actions broke after the school nurse told her colleagues what the girl had done to save her friend’s life.

“I’ve never seen a student react like that before,” Bradshaw told local news outlets.

The girl also received 21 falcon feathers, which students can redeem for prizes from the school store.

“It’s what you get for doing something good,” Essie said of the rewards.

This is the classroom where Essie saved her friend's life on November 8th

This is the classroom where Essie saved her friend’s life on November 8th

She also said she plans to save up her hawk feathers and redeem them for prizes to give to her siblings.

Essie will be honored by her school district during a Nov. 21 board meeting.

DailyMail.com reached out to the Racine Unified School District for comment on the young girl’s actions, but has not received any comment back at the time of publication.

Despite what she has given now, Essie told TMJ4 that she has a special request for everyone who sees or hears about her story.

“I really want kids to learn that,” she said of the maneuver.

Essie demonstrated the process on a reporter with TMJ4 and said she wants more children and students to learn how to do it in situations like this

Essie demonstrated the process on a reporter with TMJ4 and said she wants more children and students to learn how to do it in situations like this

“I really want kids to learn that,” Essie said of the tactic, which she learned on YouTube when she was just seven years old

Videos on YouTube showing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver have been viewed millions of times.

The tactic is widely considered one of the easiest and most effective ways to save a choking victim.

As of 2020, Health Ovation reported that more than 50,000 people had been saved by the Heimlich Maneuver.

The Mayo Clinic has also published step-by-step guides on how to perform the tactic, which you can find here.

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