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On the Film’s 20th Anniversary, Mrs. Doubtfire Helped a 7-Year-Old Save Her Mom’s Life

By Meredith Carroll |

Mrs. Doubtfire

Oh, Mrs. Doubtfire. You’re a blessing in disguise, alright.

On November 24, it’ll be exactly 20 years since the film Mrs. Doubtfire was released. Even in its advanced age, however, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Robin Williams in drag? Yes, please. But here’s why it’s even more awesome today than ever before: It’s saving lives.

Jennifer Thronton was eating a piece of sausage on Friday when she started choking. Fortunately her daughter Amira, 7, knew just want to do. The tween in Portland, Oregon was watching TV when she heard her mom making strange noises in the other room. She went in to see what was happening and then promptly and calmly gave her mom the Heimlich.

“I picked her up three times,” Amira told KABC. “She spit the sausage out.”

Amira never took a first aid class. No, she learned to do the Heimlich from watching Mrs. Doubtfire. (OK, her grandpa also showed her how to do it, too, but that’s decidedly less amazing.)

Seven years old and saving lives. What’s next? Will Amira reverse the rotation of the Earth in order to minimize damage from an earthquake? Spot an iceberg on the Titanic II while there’s still enough time to turn the boat?

No pressure, Amira, but we’ll be watching.

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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