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Second-grader rescues mom from choking

Second-grader rescues mom from choking »Play Video
Amira Fortin shows off her muscles that she used to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her mother, Jennifer, after she started choking on a piece of sausage.

GRESHAM, Ore. – Amira Fortin has super hero strength.

The 7-year-old saved her mom Friday afternoon after she started choking on a piece of sausage.

Amira was kicked back and relaxing in front of the TV when she heard her mom, Jennifer, choking in the kitchen.

Amira jumped off the couch and ran into the kitchen and performed the Heimlich maneuver on her mom.

"I picked her up three times," she says.

She wrapped her tiny hands and arms around her mom's adult body and squeezed hard until, "She spit the sausage out."

Jennifer says Amira's strength didn't surprise her.

"She saved my life, you know," she says.

Amira knew she had it in her. She says her grandpa taught her the live-saving technique. But so did someone else.

"I saw it on 'Mrs. Doubtfire,'" she says.

That's right - Amira saved her mom's life because she saw Robin Williams, playing Mrs. Doubtfire, perform the move in that movie.

"It's amazing what they can learn on TV," Jennifer says.

And for a while, as a reward, Amira has earned a little extra time in front of the TV with her mom.

Jennifer says before this happened, she had taught Amira how to call 911 and what her address was, but she never thought to teach her the Heimlich maneuver.

She says it's something other parents should think about.