Boy with autism saves a life with skills he learned from SpongeBob SquarePants

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(CNN) - An autistic seventh-grader from Staten Island, NY has saved his friend from choking.  He wouldn't have known how to do that without watching SpongeBob SquarePants.

Brandon Williams is a student at Barnes Intermediate School and during lunch on October 28, he noticed his friend Jessica Pelligrino was choking on a piece of apple.

"I saved her life.  Jessica got choked by apples, so it got into that, in the cafeteria and I saved her life on belly and throat." said Brandon.

When asked how he knew how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, Brandon said "learned it on SpongeBob."

In the episode, SpongeBob saves his buddy Patrick from choking.  Brandon's father had no idea his son knew how to do this.

"People think being autistic, they are at a level where they can't do anything but you have no idea what comes out of them." says father Anthony Williams.


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