Rice Elementary teacher saves student's life

Rice Elementary teacher saves student's life

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler teacher is being called a hero after quick thinking helped save a student's life.

Second grade teacher Mrs. Vikki Mosley at Rice Elementary says the day Ava Lee said she was choking was one of the scariest moments of her career.

"I was just sitting on the floor with a quarter in my mouth and then it fell down my throat," 2nd grader Ava Lee said.

At that moment, Lee got up calmly to get some help.

"She came over and tapped on me and said 'Mrs. Mosley, Mrs. Mosley, I'm choking!'" Mosley said.

After hearing one of the scariest lines a teacher can hear, Mosley says she proceeded to pat Lee on the back repeatedly.

"Then it came out of my throat and the nurse came running down the hallway," Lee said.

But the fight wasn't over yet; there was another quarter stuck in Lee's throat. Instead of panicking, Mosley says she just calmed herself down.

"I give all the glory to God," Mosley said, "Because I think that's what it was, because he just told me to stop and I just stopped and in that moment I became calm and said, 'I can do this, I know how to do this.'"

After a few minutes of the Heimlich Maneuver, Mrs. Mosley was able to clear the quarter from Ava Lee's throat.

"It seemed like it took  forever," Mosley said. "It seemed like it was an hour long. 'Cause if you've ever been in a situation like that, time really slows down."

Mosely says she's never experienced something of this nature, but is thankful the district required her to receive proper training.

"It makes me feel good that I can still recall what I've been taught and bring it and apply it in the right way," Mosley said.

And if you're still asking the million dollar question, why?

"I don't know why, but I just always put them in my mouth," Lee said.

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