This is the moment a heroic van driver saved a man’s life as he saw him suffocate as he suffocated at the rest stop on a busy road.
Brandon Alderson was on his way to work in Sunderland on Tuesday when he spotted the man in distress.
After stopping, he saw the middle-aged man gesturing that he needed the Heimlich maneuver – and Brandon springed into action.
He performed the maneuver six times before his airway opened.
The video, captured by Brandon’s van dashcam, went viral this week after his father posted the clip online.
His father Neil wrote: “A proud father our Brandon saved someone’s life yesterday.”
“The right place at the right time – good for you son.”
His mother added: “Words cannot express how proud I am that my boy performed the Heimlich maneuver yesterday and possibly saved this man – a total stranger who was choking to death!”
The Heimlich maneuver is often required when a patient is choking on food or other objects and their airway is obstructed.
The person performing it wraps their arms around the choking person from behind and pulls the abdomen up and in, below the rib cage.
The pressure of this movement can push out anything blocking the airway, allowing the patient to breathe again.
Viewers of the clip rushed to the comments to praise Brandon for his quick action.
One person wrote: “Not all heroes wear capes, some wear safety vests.”
Another added: “It’s so easy people walk by without noticing or even stopping. Fair play!”
A third said: “This is what true heroism looks like!” Brandon Alderson’s quick thinking and acting saved a life. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.”