A quick-thinking 8-year-old boy used the skills he learned from John Cena on a Nickelodeon TV show to save his younger sister’s life.
Jaxson Dempsey was going for a haircut when the incident happened. His 20-month-old sister Leila began choking on a chicken nugget from McDonald’s.
“It made me feel scared because I thought she was going to die” Jaxson told.
But in the midst of the scariest situation, the little boy managed to recover a life-saving technique from his memory which he learned from an episode of the Nickelodeon hidden camera prank show The Substitute, in which celebrities appear as substitute teachers without revealing their identities. The lesson Jaxson had in his mind was from John Cena who teached a class of young students to perform CPR on a dummy named Chuck in season one episode.
Jaxson acted immediately.
“I told my dad to pull over and I started to pat her back” Jaxson told.
Jaxson then slapped her back between the shoulder blades using the heel of his hand, ultimately dislodging the stuck chicken nugget in about 30 seconds.
“Her face was bright purple and red, and she wasn’t really breathing. Jaxson sprung into action before I even opened the door,” dad Matt Dempsey told. “I couldn’t believe it. I mean, he’s always been a really good big brother, but I never knew he would know what to do with that.”
The proud dad believe God placed his son at the right time and the right place to save his daughter’s life.
“She just had no air going through. She wasn’t breathing. Thank god Jaxson was there because without him, I don’t know if Leila would be here.”
The little hero Jaxson is encouraging other children to learn CPR and thanking John Cena for teaching him the life-saving technique.
“I would say thank you [to John Cena] for being on that show,” Jaxson told. “It taught me a lot about how to save someone’s life.”