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Since leaping into action during a homecoming parade to save a surprising girl, a high school cheerleader has become a hometown hero. Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old student at Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas, was floating alongside her cheerleading group and football team on a homecoming parade when she heard people say that a kid in the crowd was shaking.

She immediately spotted a two-year-old whose face was "crazy, super bright," hopped off the float and rushed to him to show the technique from Heimlich. He's kind of a turning purple at this stage,she said. I picked him up and then laid him down and gave him two or three back thrusts, and then charge it all out.

The boy's mother, Nicole Hornback, told ABC News she had unsuccessfully tried to perform the Heimlich on her son Clarke. I just sat next to him. I had just glanced over. No wind, no crying, no respiration, Hornback added. I was just literally holding him out and just rushing through the crowd trying to hand him over to someone else.

The mother says Winters was "really courageous" to respond too quickly and take the life of a child into her care. She has rescued my boy, said Hornback. I applaud her for being a teenager and a professional adult. Winters visited this week with Hornback and her family, but Clarke couldn't recall the girl who saved his life.

For him it's rough because he's too young,said his mum. He doesn't even know what he ate for breakfast. Winters says her mother, who operates a foster children's group home, showed her how to perform both the Heimlich maneuver and the CPR a few years ago. Henceforth I knew exactly what to do, she added.

Winters has been lauded for her bravery and sensitivity by the school district and the world. I realize why they consider me the hero of the region, said Winters. To own the title is super exciting, but most significantly, I'm really glad the kid is OK.

Saint Luke's Health System advises that they should be put on their back to perform the Heimlich maneuver on an infant, ages one to twelve. In the meantime, the person performing the movement will kneel in front of them, put the heel of their hand between the navel and the ribs in the center of the child's body, position their free hand on top of each other and use gentle yet steady pressure to send 6 to 10 quick thrusts upwards and inwards.

When the procedure is being performed, 911 will be notified in case the kid needs more help. Doctors suggest that measures be done as quickly as possible, because a blocked airway may have significant consequences. Gasping can block vital fluid supply to cut off oxygen to the brain and may trigger irreversible loss to the brain or even loss.

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