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How a Cub Scouts Lesson Saved One Mom's Life

Thank goodness this mom's son learned the Heimlich maneuver!

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Nebraska mom-of-three Rebecca Campbell sure is grateful that her son goes to Cub Scouts. Because that is where he learned the Heimlich maneuver, which he used to save her life last week.

Campbell had just sat down to dinner on Wednesday evening with her kids when she began to choke on a piece of chicken. According to the AP, the mama tried to get up, but collapsed, unable to breathe.

That's when 8-year-old Caden sprang to the rescue, pumping his fists on her abdomen until the chicken was dislodged, and his mom could breathe again.

"Do you know you just saved my life?" Campbell asked him once she could talk.

Her other children also helped their mother in the emergency. Little sister Lilly kept the family dog away from her, and older brother, Colton was on the ready with a tissue to grab the offending chicken.

Thank goodness Caden knew what to do in this scary situation! The Campbell family's story is a good reminder that kids (and adults!) should learn life-saving skills like CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. And we should also make sure our children know to call 911 in an emergency.

Good job, Caden! You'll probably be getting whatever you want this Christmas. And at your next birthday. And the one after that...

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger/mom. Find her on Facebook and Instagram where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.