[Caption:] Zane Bassam, a Grade 6 student, saved a classmate who was choking. (Photo: Bob Bellacicco, CTV News Windsor, via X.)

Do you know what to do when someone is choking?

Twelve-year-old Zane Bassam does. On May 2, the Windsor, Ontario student used that knowledge to save his friend’s life.

Tony asks for help

Zane and a group of friends were eating lunch in their Grade 6 classroom at École Ste-Thérèse. When his friend Tony Elsoury got up to go to the bathroom, he began choking. A piece of pasta was stuck in his throat.

Tony couldn’t talk. He couldn’t cough. He couldn’t even breathe.