Autistic Boy Hailed a Hero for Cub Scout Skills

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A 10-year-old autistic boy in Houston, Texas, is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking and Cub Scout skills that helped to save his teachers life.

Last year, Kyle Forbes learned something in Cub scouts that he never thought he would have to use.

That is until now.

"He saved my life," art teacher, Sheri Lowe, said.

Kyle and Lowe were alone in class when she began choking on an apple. Kyle quickly sprang into action -- performing the Heimlich manuever.

"I was choking and he squeezed me like that," she said, laughing. "The first time, it didn't work, so he goes 'I got it Mrs. Lowe.'  And he does it again, exactly the right way, and the apple came out."

"I just knew what i had to do immediately and i just like hurried over there and did it exactly right," Kyle said.

Jis actions have earned him a title he's quite proud of.

"You feel like a hero?" he was asked.

"I do! I mean that was the first time I' ve ever saved someone's life, in an accident," Kyle answered. "Thats the first time I've ever done it."

Kyle is autistic -- something normally characterized by difficulty communicating with others.

"Before I was just like a normal kid with always being picked on," the boy explained. "Then i was like a superhero. Everybody was cheering me. When I came down to the office to get an award everyone clapped at me when I got back."

As for Lowe, she says Kyle has given her the most precious gift a student could ever give.

"He's in my prayers, and um ...tell me not to cry... Okay, he is my hero," she said.

Kyle's dad is said to be quite proud of his son. He's not the only one -- the young hero is being honored by his school and his Cub Scout Troop. 

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Charlene  Aaron

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