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Young boy gets bravery award for saving his mom's life

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Eleven-year-old Connor McCarthy saved his mom’s life a month ago, and now he’s being given a bravery award.

The two were eating dinner and no one else was home, according to his mom Jane.

“I had what my doctor had told me was a laryngospasm. I just thought that I was going to die and I tried to race away from Connor. He just came up and with great confidence he knew exactly what he was doing,” she describes.

Connor had just completed a Canadian Red Cross babysitting course. “I was the only adult and I think it was really brave of him because he had to step in.”

Connor remembers the night well. “She threw her tray on the ground and ran through the front door. I was kind of shocked so I follower her onto the front steps where I did the Heimlich Manoeuvre.”

Conner also got a round of applause from his school today where the award was handed out.

He explained to his classmates what he did to save his mom. “Put your fists together below the belly button and do kind of like a ‘J’ manoeuvre and go down and back up beneath the ribs. I feel really good that I was able to concentrate because I could have just as easily freaked out.”

The smiling sixth grader was presented with a Red Cross First Aid & Water Safety Rescuer Award.