Mason Stokes, age 15, has an autism spectrum disorder and lives in Chalmers Indiana. Recently, while eating lunch in the high school cafeteria, he noticed one of his classmates struggling to breath and coughing really hard.
Saying he is good under pressure, he apparently calmly got up and went over to his friend and did the Heimlich Manoeuver — a skill he had learned in the Boy Scouts.
Stokes says that, although he is feeling a bit uncomfortable with all the attention, he is glad he was able to help.
Help? I’ll say. He saved someone’s life!
While it is obvious that Stokes is articulate and high functioning (see video), it just goes to show that sometimes certain aspects of autism can have a very positive outcome.
Mason Stokes, if by any chance you read this, know that you have the appreciation of a lot of people for a job well done! And, on a personal note, I’d like to suggest that its okay to be a hero for a little while. 🙂
H/T Autism News.