JANUARY 27: He saved his life-saver

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ON THIS DATE in 2006, seventeen-year-old Kevin Stephan used the Heimlich maneuver to save the life of a nurse who’d saved his life seven years earlier.

One day in 1999, eleven-year-old Stephan took an accidental blow to the chest while serving as a batboy at a baseball game in Buffalo, New York. Penny Brown, a nurse in the stands, rushed to revive Stephan. She used CPR to restart his heart and save his life.

Fast forward to January 27, 2006: Stephan was washing dishes at the Hillview Restaurant in Depew, New York, when Penny Brown, in the dining room, started choking on her food. The restaurant manager called for Stephan, a volunteer firefighter trained in lifesaving techniques. The teenager applied the Heimlich maneuver to Brown and, after two thrusts, the food was dislodged.

After the woman recovered, Stephan realized it was the nurse who’d saved his life seven years earlier. “It’s almost unbelievable,” he told ABC News.

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