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Autistic teen in Indiana hailed as hero for saving friend's life

CHALMERS, Ind. -- An autistic teen in Indiana is being hailed a hero for saving a friend's life.
 
15-year-old Mason Stokes is a Boy Scout who attends Frontier Junior-Senior High School in Chalmers.
 
Because of his autism, he doesn't understand most facial features or body language. But when a friend started choking at lunch, Mason immediately sprung into action.
 
"Out of instinct, I just jumped up and ran over to give the Heimlich Maneuver to him,” said Stokes.
 
"I went into the office to see how he was doing; he gave me a thumbs up sign."
 
That's when Mason knew he'd save his friend's life.

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