Pregnant Teacher Saves Choking Student

PORTAGE, Ind. (CBS) — One northwest Indiana student definitely needs to bring his teacher an apple after she saved his life.

Nick Nelson, a fifth grader at Myers Elementary School in Portage, was choking on a mint right before taking an achievement test. His teacher, Carrie Pack, had received first-aid training last year, but because she is nine months pregnant, she couldn’t perform a standard Heimlich maneuver.

Instead, she turned sideways and whacked Nick with her hips instead while pressing against his midsection with her arm.

“He really wasn’t making much progress,” Pack said. “I put my knuckle a little bit lower and I just jammed up kind of hard and he actually got sick and he threw the mint up, which is gross, but good.”

After the school nurse checked him out, Nick wanted to take the achievement test, so he did.

Pack’s baby was due on Wednesday. She’s currently on maternity leave.

  • upfront

    If only the people in Wisconsin would realize how important teachers really are & what they do besides educate your children, this is why they deserve to earn a decent wage.
    And no I’m not a teacher.

  • KG

    OMG, upfront, one teacher does what hopefully any adult in the vicinity would have done and that is your rallying cry for the importance of teachers? How very lame. Yes they are important. But they should also be contributing more to their own health benefits and their own retirements. Give me a break.

    • dj

      This is to KG. Have you taken any first aid training? Would you have been able to help that young man? Stop your whining because you don’t get what they are getting. They work hard for it.

  • Juanita

    If the government is aware of how far behind our students are compared to rest of the world, why, just why do they find it so easy to take from teaching them , teachers are great but they need the resources to teach, giving is one thing but they can’t support the system too.They are everyone futures.

  • dan

    Teachers are great but some are better than others and some don’t give a cr&p!
    Pay the best well, give the mediocre less and get rid of the dead beats.


    Nor will they agree to sensible reforms to get rid of a bloated and unsustainable system. They keep hanging on and towing the line even as we as a country and towns cities and states are sinking under a mountain of debt.

    PS: Kudos to Carrie Pack-


    Upfront and DJ you are 2 knuckleheads,I heard John Gacy one time saved a child from choking so what do you have to say about that.

  • Annie

    This is a wonderful thing she did for her student. We all commend her sor such a great job she did. Saving one life she saved the world.
    Teachers are not only teaching but they are the counselor, the friend, the mother and father that children do not see at home. And now they are saving their students lives.
    This is really a great job she did
    Thank you so much for caring for our youngsters.
    God bless them all.

  • vahona

    Teachers are truly amazing role models for our children and they need more pay, respect, and appreciation from everyone! we already knew you rocked Mrs.Pack!

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