Greenwood boy (6) comes to the rescue of his choking brother


Merit award: Big brother Coen Gibson (right) saved his younger brother Ryder (left), who was choking, using the Heimlich manoeuvre which he learned at school.
Merit award: Big brother Coen Gibson (right) saved his younger brother Ryder (left), who was choking, using the Heimlich manoeuvre which he learned at school.

GREENWOOD six-year-old Coen Gibson has been recognised for helping his younger brother when he was choking.

St John Ambulance representatives presented the West Greenwood Primary School student with a merit certificate during an assembly in December for his quick-thinking actions.

His mother Laura said the incident occurred while Coen and his three-year-old brother Ryder were watching TV and eating popcorn, and she was in their room.

“I heard some commotion but being two boys this wasn’t unusual until I heard coughing and spluttering sounds,” she said.

“Running upstairs, my son Coen greeted me with a small pile of regurgitated popcorn and the words ‘Ryder was choking’.

“When I asked what happened, he explained that he hit him on the back a few times and when that didn’t work he ‘pushed him in the tummy’.

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“I asked them to show me what happened and they re-|enacted the Heimlich manoeuvre.”

Mrs Gibson said Coen had attended first aid programs run by St John Ambulance at school.

“I’m so proud of Coen and how calm he remained during the whole event and how he assisted his brother using knowledge he has learned through school and from TV and took steps to help him,” she said.

“We are very grateful for the continued exposure first aid that he receives at school; you just never know when it might be needed.”

St John youth and community engagement operations manager Jae Smith said they were pleased Coen applied the first aid skills he learned.

“This training gives children the knowledge and skills to enable them to know what to do in an emergency situation, such as Coen did when his younger brother was choking.”