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Amira Fortin, 7, Saves Mother, Jennifer, From Choking to Death Thanks to Mrs. Doubtfire

A 7-year-old Oregon girl became a hero after she saved her mother from choking to death Friday by mimicking the famous Heimlich maneuver scene from the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

Amira Fortin, from Gresham, quickly jumped into action after seeing her mother, Jennifer choking on food to the point where she couldn’t speak. Her mother panicked, but Amira kept her cool.

Amira remembered the famous restaurant scene from Mrs. Doubtfire where Robin Williams performed the maneuver on a choking Pierce Brosnan.

“I picked her up three times,” Amira told KABC. “She spit the sausage out.”

Amira credits both her grandfather and Mrs. Doubtfire for teaching her how to administer the lifesaving Heimlich maneuver.

“It was pretty scary because there was nobody else here, and I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t, I was just in shock,” Jennifer told KVNU.

The Heimlich maneuver is named after Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., for which he won the Lasker Award in 1984.

Sources: KABC, KVNU


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