Brandon Williams, a 13-year old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, saved his classmate Jessica Pelegrino in their school cafeteria on October 28. According to sources, while Brandon was taking his lunch in the school cafeteria at Barnes Intermediate School, he noticed that Jessica was choking on a piece of apple. Without any hesitation, Brandon immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver.
Brandon wrapped his arms around Jessica’s mid-section and gave a sharp push on her diaphragm. After doing the lifesaving trick, Jessica spit out the apple that was stuck in her throat. Jessica was very thankful to Brandon, and gave him a big beautiful smile.
When Brandon got home, his father asked him how he learned the Heimlich maneuver. Brandon proudly told his father that he learned it from Sponge Bob Square Pants. He even demonstrated the technique to his father. He was ecstatic to have personally saved someone,
especially his classmate. Watch a video of Brandon beaming about his experience.
Brandon is a seventh-grade student in a special-needs class at Barnes Intermediate School in Great Skills, New York. Brandon and Jessica both have their own paraprofessional to guide them at school every day.