Tyra Winters is not just an all-star cheerleader, she’s a hero. While her entire squad was celebrating homecoming by riding on the float, she noticed a little boy struggling in the crowd. Instead of ignoring the situation and pretending it didn’t exist, 17-year-old Tyra winters jumped from the float and rushed over to the toddler, who was choking and saved his life.
As it turned out, the little boy was choking to death. But no one else on the float had noticed. Despite all the action during the parade for the Rockwall High School team, which is located near Dallas, Texas, Tyra jumped to action. While the other cheerleaders and football players on display on the float did nothing, Tyra Winters leaped to action and rescued the boy from certain death.
Because Tyra could sense that something was happening in the crowd, she canned it. The little boy’s face stood out from everyone else because it was “super, super red,” she told ABC News. While other people could have tried to help, they didn’t, which left Tyra Winters with only one option – she had to step up to the plate and be the hero.
When she made up her mind, Tyra jumped off the homecoming float and rushed over to the choking boy. He was two-year-old Clarke Hornback, and he would have died if it wasn’t for the cheerleader’s intervention. He had been eating a piece of candy, which had lodged in his throat, stopping him from being able to breathe.
Tyra Winters employed the Heimlich maneuver on the tiny boy. Although the child was with his mother, she was unable to do what the young hero cheerleader did. While others were frozen in terror, Tyra acted.
“At this point, he’s kind of turning purple,” Tyra said. “I picked him up, and then I tilted him downwards and gave him two or three back thrusts. He then was spitting everything up.”
Nicole Hornback is forever indebted to Tyra Winters for saving her little boy when she was unable. The mother had failed at the Heimlich maneuver, while the cheerleader successfully dislodged the candy from the child’s throat – a type of candy he was much too young to be eating, to begin with.
“I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone,” the boy’s mother said to CBS News. “I was sitting right next to him. I just happened to look over. There was no noise, no coughing, no breathing.”
The mother called Tyra Winters “very brave” for stepping up and acting while no one else would.
Tyra credits her mother for teaching her the life-saving technique.
“I knew exactly what to do from that point on,” Tyra said, referring to the education her mother provided her.
On Tuesday, Tyra met with Clarke and his mother.
“She saved my baby,” said Hornback. “I commend her for being a teenager and being trained.”
Although Clarke did not seem to recognize his guardian angel, he was smitten by the young cheerleader and her boundless charisma.
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