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12-year-old saves drowning man's life by performing CPR learned from 'Stranger Things'

Drawing inspiration from the TV series "Stranger Things," in which characters perform CPR to revive an unconscious person, the boy performed CPR on Piquette.

12-year-old saves drowning man's life by performing CPR learned from 'Stranger Things'
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TV shows or movies can sometimes be seen as "negative" for their extreme influence and persona. However, sometimes they have some of the best lessons and inspirations. While there may be negativity prevalent in certain scenarios, TV shows also have quite a positive and productive impact. The popular series “Stranger Things” was responsible for a 12-year-old boy saving the life of a man recently. Jason Piquette and 12-year-old Austen MacMillan were out by the pool to have some fun and test who could stay underwater the longest. Piquette is MacMillan’s behavioral therapist and the duo were by themselves while their parents had gone out, reports ABC.

Image Source:  'Stranger Things' cast at Season 4 New York Premiere
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Image Source:  (L-R) David Harbour, Caleb Mclaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, and Priah Ferguson attend Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 4 New York Premiere at Netflix Brooklyn on May 14, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York—Getty Images | Theo Wargo

Piquette went underwater and soon, something didn’t click. “It was like five to six minutes he was under the water and I was like, 'That's way too long. He can not do that,'” MacMillan said. Piquette later clarified, "I think I passed out in about 30 seconds and I don't know why." Little MacMillan quickly realized something was wrong. He swam over to the therapist and brought him to the shallow end. He went out of the water to look for help and on finding none, he came back to Piquette. Alone at home, the 12-year-old was with a man unconscious in desperate need of medical attention. That’s when the iconic show came to his mind. He quickly executed CPR on the Piquette. “I just saw it from a TV show – ‘Stranger Things,’” Macmillan said. "After I gave him CPR, he woke up a few minutes later."


By the time Piquette gained consciousness, MacMillan had already informed his father about the scenario who in turn called 911 to take care of the rest. The CPR executed by MacMillan as he quotes from “Stranger Things” is in fact in the show. This two-minute sequence takes place between the two actors, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Jim Hopper (David Harbour). The two are seen compressing the chest of Byers' young son Will (Noah Schnapp) who was unconscious. Hopper beats after regular quick intervals on Will's chest to revive him. MacMillan simply replicated the scene with Piquette managing to save his life.

MacMillan’s mother, Christina who was out of her home but was informed over call about the situation said she was “locked” in fear. However, upon hearing about Piquestte’s revival and MacMillan’s intelligent move, she said, “It was a proud mom moment. He's really brave and courageous.” AOL reported that Piquette was later kept in intensive care overnight. Macmillan kept asking if Piquette was going to be alright. After a "miraculous" recovery, he was released and gave Austen a big hug the next day.



The 12-year-old's parents took things one step further. MacMillan knows that some people aren't so lucky so she helps with CPR training for close friends and family at her home. The young boy even received a certificate for his training from the American Heart Association Basic Life Support. "I wanted to turn this into a more positive way to educate and bring awareness to CPR for other parents so that this doesn't happen," Christina said.


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