Kyle Forbes is ten years old and lives in Houston, Texas, but he is no ordinary little boy. The Cub Scout is quite busy these days, having being hailed as a local hero for saving his teacher’s life by applying the Heimlich Maneuver while she was choking on an apple.
Sheri Lowe, Hyde Elementary school art teacher, is very grateful to the autistic boy who showed great maturity and saved her life by acting quickly with the maneuver he learned last year in the Cub Scouts and that his dad reinforced with practice at home.
Hyde Elementary School is honoring Kyle as a hero and it is a title he is more than happy to accept. For the boy who had been an outsider that others often picked on, his life saving gesture has catapulted him to the heights of popularity among his peers.
According to Ms. Lowe, there is no doubt that Kyle saved her life and she wonders what she would have done had he not been there. He performed the maneuver twice and it was the second time, the apple shot out of her mouth, clearing the air passage.
Kyle may be autistic but his passion for learning and wanting to fit in is no different than any other child his age. Kyle’s father could not be prouder of his son whose quick actions saved his teacher’s life. He told the press that this is proof positive that children with autism can do anything other children can do, if given the opportunity.
Hail to Kyle!