Boy, 8, Saves His 20-Month-Old Sister's Life after Learning CPR from John Cena Kids Show
An 8-year-old boy heroically saved his 20-month sister's life in the nick of time with the CPR skills he learned from a Nickelodeon kids show featuring John Cena.
At just eight years old, little Jaxson Dempsey has already been labeled a hero for his quick thinking in saving his younger sister Leila. According to reports, Jaxson adored little Leila and enjoyed being a big brother.
It happened that during a family drive with their dad on Wednesday, Jaxson noticed that the 20-month-old was choking on the chicken nuggets she was eating. Wasting no time, the young boy jumped into action.
Out of fear of losing his beloved sister, Jaxson recalled something he had seen on television and asked his dad to pull over. He began performing CPR on Leila. Speaking about the experience, he said:
"It made me feel scared because I thought she was going to die. But then this thing came into my mind. I told my dad to pull over, and I started to pat her back."
Jaxson Dempsey, 8, saved his sister's life after watching the pro wrestler demonstrate CPR on a Nickelodeon prank show. https://t.co/htOz1toAEp— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 1, 2021
"The thing" turned out to be an episode of "The Substitute," a Nickelodeon hidden prank show where celebrities go undercover in schools as substitute teachers. The episode he remembered was on featuring wrestler John Cena.
A baseball coach was snatched from the claws of death when a 13-year-old in his minor baseball league administered CPR.
Jaxson Dempsey saved his sister from choking on a chicken nugget and Wednesday night, he was treated to a parade of fire trucks, recognizing him for his efforts. Eyewitness News reporter Caroline Foreback will have more on this on Eyewitness News at 11.https://t.co/5o1wGbHW2u— Eyewitness News (@wbrewyou) April 1, 2021
In that season, Cena went undercover and taught the students how to do CPR basics on a dummy. According to reports, Jaxson managed to force out the nugget in about 30 seconds using the Heimlich Maneuver.
Their father, Matt Dempsey, explained that young Leila was barely breathing, and her face was turning purple and red. The proud dad said that before he could completely open the car door, Jaxson already sprung into action.
Although Matt was aware that Jaxson was an excellent big brother, he didn't think his son could think so fast and perform CPR. A spokesperson for Nickelodeon in a statement praised Jaxson's courage and heroic act.
A similar story made headlines last month when a high school student in Florida saved the life of his boss's baby during his shift at a local Thai restaurant where he works. The teenager, Savion Harris, saw his boss crying for help.
Jaxson Dempsey saved his sister from choking earlier this month and credits Cena for showing him how to save someone in that situation.https://t.co/AtuC9b2r25— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) April 2, 2021
The 6-month-old was reportedly turning blue. The student Crestview High School rushed into action, performing chest compressions on the infant. He had learned about it in school, and the timely action saved the child.
Even adults have benefitted from the quick wit of young children. In 2016, a baseball coach was snatched from the claws of death when a 13-year-old in his minor baseball league administered CPR to him.
Eight-year-old Jaxson Dempsey saved his baby sister’s life, using a skill he learned on TV. Wednesday, he noticed Layla was choking on a chicken nugget while their dad was driving, and sprang into action.https://t.co/GvryyIzNyy— Eyewitness News (@wbrewyou) March 30, 2021
Coach Isaac Wenrich and Nathan Boyer were performing drills on the field when the former collapsed. The eighth-grader immediately rolled the adult over and began performing CPR while dialing 911.