Autistic Teen Saves Choking Friend With Help From SpongeBob

Autistic Teen Saves Choking Friend With Help From SpongeBob

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and teaches kids how to save lives? SpongeBob Squarepants.

Brandon Williams, an autistic teenager, used the Heimlich maneuver on his friend Jessica Pelligrini while she was choking on an apple.

He says he learned it while watching an episode of the SpongeBob cartoon.

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Brandon’s parents say the teen “files” facts and information away in his mind for when he needs to use them.

He’s not the first New York City youth to learn the life saving move from the yellow sea sponge. A teen in 2010 credited the cartoon with teaching her the Heimlich maneuver after she, too, saved a friend who was choking.

(WATCH the video below from WABC) Image credit: WABC video

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