Theman who created the Heimlich manoeuvre has personallycongratulated an 11-year-old Cape Breton boy for saving his choking friend last week.

Tristan Unsworth said Dr. Henry Heimlich called him after school Wednesday.

"He's in Vancouver and some of his friends actually told him about me in the paper,"Tristan told CBC News Thursday. "He says he is going to give me the yearly lifesavers award. I was amazed."

On April 18, Tristan, a student at Mountainview Elementary School in Howie Centre, used the Heimlich manoeuvre to dislodge a candy from Travis Hayes's windpipe.

Tristanhas been hailed a hero for his actions, and both boys have been busy doing interviews about the experience.

Tristanfirst learned theHeimlich manoeuvre from his grandmother, buthad more formal trainingin February during a babysitting course offered through his school.

He saidHeimlich told him he'll be awarded the Heimlich Institute's Save-A-Life Award.

Tristan will also be getting a Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Award for his deed.