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Local high schooler uses skill learned in health class to save student's life on bus

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X-Ray of quarter in Kaylee Burke's throat. (Credit: Family) X-Ray of quarter in Kaylee Burke's throat. (Credit: Family)

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Wentzville student said she has her classmate to thank for her life today.

“I thought I was gonna die that day,” said eighth-grader Kaylee Burke.

Burke was talking and laughing with her friends on the bus while a fellow student was flipping a quarter in the air a few seats in front of her. The coin then landed in the most unbelievable place.

“All of a sudden I felt something hit my tooth and then hit the back of my throat,” Burke said.

“It just happened to land in her mouth and she swallowed it,” Sophomore Austin Medlock said.

“I felt it stuck in there and I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t talk,” said Burke.

“I got up and I asked her if she was chocking, and when she nodded her head ‘yes’ I gave her the Heimlich,” Medlock said.

Medlock said he learned how to do the Heimlich by watching a movie in health class.

“I wasn’t able to get it [the coin] out but it opened up her airway so she could breathe,” he said.

Burke was then taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital, where they removed the coin.

Burke said she is thankful for Medlock’s quick thinking.

“I think he’s a hero,” she said.

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