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Mrs. Doubtfire: Still Saving Lives After All These Years

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11/22/2013 3:04 pm
PopWrapped | Television
Mrs. Doubtfire: Still Saving Lives After All These Years
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Dani Strehle

Content Editor

Well kids, the lesson here today is: your parents were wrong! Television, movies and video games DO NOT kill your brain cells and rot your mind. No. In fact; they can save lives! Amira Thorton, a seven-year-old residing in Greshman, Oregon, proved her heroism last weekend by performing the Heimlich maneuver on her choking mother. Her inspiration? The 1993 Robin Williams comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Portland’s KABC-TV reports. While watching television in her family living room, Amira heard a curious noise coming from the kitchen. A noise that turned out to be Jennifer, her mother, choking on a piece of meat. Amira stated that she “Picked her up three times. She spit the sausage out.” Amira also stated that, while her grandfather physically taught her the first-aid move, the well-known Mrs. Doubtfire scene is what really guided her through the actual motions. If you’ve not seen Mrs. Doubtfire (which, shame on you), then check out the clip below. The scene in question shows a very young and very dashing Pierce Brosnan choking on a piece of shrimp that had been laced with pepper (by Mrs. Doubtfire), which he is allergic to. William’s little granny bounds across the restaurant to save the poor bastard and, while struggling with each other, Mrs. Doubtfire’s true identity is revealed. [youtube=] Many people took to Twitter to sound off on the story, congratulating both Amira and the film’s creators for making comedy so educational. And Amira certainly isn’t the first child to cite pop culture for their knowledge of life-saving techniques. Earlier this year, Gryffin Sanders, a ten-year-old Golden, Colorado resident, controlled a moving vehicle after his grandmother passed out behind the wheel. A quick-thinking trick he claims to have learned by playing the majorly popular Mario Kart game. What about you, PopWrappers? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve that you picked up from TV, movies or video games? One thing that always stick in my mind is a little tip from the one and only Danny Tanner. His infinite wisdom has helped me in many ways, obviously, but the one I remember the most is “Double ‘C’ double ‘S’ spell ‘Success’.” I think the moral of this story is that we should all insist on having more screen time!


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