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Dad thanks Wixom teacher for saving his daughter from choking on a water bottle cap

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 18:01:46-05

WIXOM, Mich. (WXYZ) — She was named her school’s Teacher of the Year. Then she proved she more than deserves it when she took action to save a students life in class.

It happened in Laura Doran’s second grade classroom at Loon Lake Elementary School in the Walled Lake School District on Monday, January 14.

“She literally saved us from every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Nicholas Cavanaugh, the father of Riley and Sienna, twin girls in Mrs. Doran’s class.

“Suddenly Sienna came up to me and she was clutching her throat…” said Mrs. Doran. “She was just shaking. I started doing the Heimlich Maneuver and saying, come on, cough it up. You can do it. You are going to be okay. It felt like a very long time, but I heard a little cough.”

When the object finally came free from her airway it wasn’t food as you might assume. It was the top of a water bottle.

“Our life was almost forever changed over a bottle cap, so it is something that had to be told,” said Nicholas Cavanaugh.

“When I got to the car, it hit me. That could have gone in a way that would have been very tough,” said Mrs. Doran.

“Had Ms. Doran done anything other than spring into action, had she waited or called for help, I believe we would be having a much more tragic conversation right now,” said Doran.