A UISD special report of a quick thinking student:
Young Boy Saves Best Friend Using Heimlich Maneuver
It was just a typical Friday 5th grade lunch period at Killam Elementary School. However, at approximately 11:58 a.m. today, 5th grade student, Victor Valdes, began choking on a piece of food. His friend and fellow classmate, Rafael Robles, noticed Victor was in danger. Observing that the closest Lunch Proctor was tending to other students in the cafeteria, Rafael sprung into action and immediately began to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.
Luckily the food was dislodged from his throat and Victor was rushed to the Nurse’s Office where he regained his composure. Thanks to Rafael’s quick thinking, his heroic actions saved his classmate’s life.
When asked where he learned the Heimlich Maneuver, Rafael stated that he had read it on the wall at a local restaurant and that “this was the first time he had ever performed it.”
Killam Elementary School Principal Linda Vera, as well as the faculty and staff, were very proud of Rafael’s courageous action.
“He saved a life and that is monumental,” Principal Vera said.
Victor’s mother, Araceli Valdes, came by the school to personally thank Rafael for saving her son.
“I am deeply and eternally grateful to Rafael Robles and his parents. The Lord placed this angel by my son’s side just when we needed him,” she said. “I am a 9-1-1 Dispatcher by trade. These are the kind of calls that I fear most… one coming from a member of my own family.” Mrs. Valdes continued.
Principal Vera commended Rafael and contacted his mother. She congratulated Rafael’s mother for her son’s valiant act.
“She should be proud of her smart-minded, quick acting son, who is indeed, a hero among us,” Principal Vera added.