- David Diaz, Jr. learned how to do the Heimlich Maneuver from the TV medical drama, ‘The Good Doctor’.
- The 7-year-old saved his classmate from choking to death with the maneuver.
- David is now the recipient of the New York State Senate Commendation Award for his heroic act.
A 7-year-old boy, David Diaz, Jr., is the latest recipient of the New York State Senate Commendation Award for saving the life of his choking classmate, DeAndre.
The award is given to people who render exceptional contributions to New York neighborhoods.
How did David learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver? David said he learned how to do the life-saving act from the medical drama, ‘The (Good) Doctor’. David added, “It’s a show about this kid that knows a lot about bodies. When he grows up, he becomes a doctor.”
The Heimlich maneuver or “five-and-five”, is a series of alternating back blows and abdominal thrusts done to loosen food or objects stuck in the airway.
David said, “I didn’t know what to do so I just did it. I did that because you have to save everybody in life.”
New York State Sen. Fred Akshar, who presented the award to David said, “When second grader David Diaz realized his friend DeAndre was choking during lunch time, David acted without hesitation, jumped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver to save DeAndre’s life. We were proud to present David with a New York State Senate Commendation Award for exemplifying what it means to be a hero in his community.”
With the recognition, getting into the medical profession would be promising for David but he’s not having any of it. David said, “I probably want to be, like, a basketball player.”
Whatever he chooses, his father, David Diaz Sr., is just so proud of his son.