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Middle School Principal Makes Great Save

Chelsea Watson
Laura Ey

Parkway’s Southwest Middle School principal Chelsea Watson and school nurse Laura Ey made a great save recently, performing a Heimlich Maneuver on a staff member who was choking on a piece of broccoli during lunch.  Watson heard the staff member first, and realizing she was in distress and could not breathe, started the maneuver, partially dislodging the obstruction.  School nurse Laura Ey then took over, and was able to clear the airway entirely.  The staff member was shook up but not hurt and did not want any further medical treatment.  "If it wasn't for their quick thinking and actions, this could have turned into a tragic incident," says Evan Waters, a school resource officer (SRO) at Southwest Middle, Barretts and Wren Hollow Elementary.