8-Year-Old Says John Cena's TV Appearance Helped Him Save Choking Sister

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2021

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John Cena might be able to call himself a doctor in more than "Thuganomics" now. 

Amanda Eustice of WNEP spoke to an eight-year-old in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, who used a technique he saw demonstrated by Cena on an episode of The Substitute to help his sister as he was choking.

"We were driving to my haircut, and I noticed she was starting to choke from a chicken nugget from McDonald's," Jaxson Dempsey said. "I told my dad to pull over. Then I was starting to pat her back, and it got out."

On the show, Cena explained demonstrated how to perform CPR and other first-aid techniques.

Matt Dempsey told Eustice he wasn't sure whether his daughter, Lelia, would've made it had Jaxson not been in the car and acted quickly.