12-year-old Boy Saves Drowning Man, Credits CPR Learned From Stranger Things

Date:  September 14, 2023

A 12-year-old Florida boy's love for Stranger Things helped him save a men from drowning. Last week, the boy named Austen MacMillan, noticed a man in danger of drowning. He saved his life by giving him CPR which he learnt by watching the hit series Stranger Things.

Austen and his behavioral therapist, Jason Piquette, were enjoying a swim in the pool when Piquette decided to test his breath-holding abilities underwater.

“It was like six to five minutes he was under the water and I was like, 'That's way too long. He can not do that,'” said Austen. "I think I passed out in about 30 seconds and I don't know why," Piquette added.

A surveillance camera captures the moment when Austen detects an issue, swiftly swims to Piquette, lifts him to safety in the pool's shallow end, and rushes out of the water to seek assistance. The camera showed Austen sprinting outside the home where the incident took place while screaming for help. Later the video shows Austen returning to Piquette’s side to perform CPR.

“I just saw it from a TV show – ‘Stranger Things,’” said Austen. "After I gave him CPR, he woke up a few minutes later."

You can watch the video below.

In Stranger Things season 1 finale, there is an emotional, two-minute scene which shows Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Jim Hopper (David Harbour) giving chest compressions to Byers' unconscious young son Will (Noah Schnapp). Hopper beats vigorously on Will's chest in desperation to revive him. After trying it for some time, Will Byers came back to life.

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Mimicking those chest compressions, the home video shows Austen hitting Piquette's chest and bringing him back to life.

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