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Harris County fourth-grader and bus driver credited with saving life of student

Harris County School District bus driver Mary Beth Hudson and Mulberry Creek Elementary School fourth-grader Kaitlyn Blackmon were honored during the Nov. 1, 2018, meeting of the Harris County Board of Education for saving the life of a choking student.
Harris County School District bus driver Mary Beth Hudson and Mulberry Creek Elementary School fourth-grader Kaitlyn Blackmon were honored during the Nov. 1, 2018, meeting of the Harris County Board of Education for saving the life of a choking student. Harris County School District

A Harris County School District bus driver and a fourth-grader have been credited with saving the life of a student.

During the Nov. 1 meeting of the Harris County Board of Education, bus driver Mary Beth Hudson and Mulberry Creek Elementary School fourth-grader Kaitlyn Blackmon were honored for their heroism. The following narrative is from the school district’s news release:

On Oct. 5, Hudson was driving the Bus No. 07-46 afternoon route. As the bus was about to exit the Mulberry Creek campus, Kaitlyn yelled for Hudson, alerting her that a student was choking and needed help.

As a trained HCSD bus driver, Hudson is certificated in Red Cross Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED.

“She quickly and safely stopped and secured her bus to make her way to the child in the last seat of the bus,” the news release says. “She immediately started the Heimlich maneuver, and on the third abdominal thrust, the object dislodged. When Hudson was sure the student was breathing appropriately and out of danger, she moved the child to the bus’ front seat close to herself. She then returned to her driver’s seat and continued her afternoon route.”

Hudson told the Ledger-Enquirer via email, “I was nervous and hoping what I was doing was going to work. And, it did work, thank God.”

Kaitlyn told the Ledger-Enquirer in an email, “I was glad she was OK. She’s my best friend and my neighbor.”

HCSD assistant transportation director Cheryl Johnson said in the news release, “We are so thankful the student was OK, for Kaitlyn noticing and calling for help and for Mrs. Hudson’s training and quick thinking.”

Hudson said, “I didn’t expect all of this attention. It is very touching. I know a lot of people on the board, which made it a little easier. It was very sweet. I am humbled and appreciate it.”

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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