Terrifying video shows desperate moment for mom and baby
A surveillance video camera from a mall captured the moment when a Florida police officer saved the life of a 14-month-old girl who was choking on chicken nuggets.
Police officers Robert Ayala and Rafael Guadalupe, became heroes in a mall in Florida, United States, for saving the life of a baby girl. In spite of the moves the pediatrician had taught her, the mother in panic could not make her expel the food.
According to Western Journal, if it weren’t for the quick action and training of these policemen who fortunately were around at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the 14-month-old might have lost her life.
On July 21, mother-of-two Ana Graham took her two children, William, 2, and Lucia, to the mall, and she decided to enjoy some chicken nuggets and fries at the food court with the children.
Graham said to the Palm Beach Post that her youngest had been eating solids for months by the time of the incident, and the girl never had a problem with it until that big scare at the mall. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
“On her second bite, I noticed she looked at me with her eyes wide open. She started turning red.”
-Ana Graham, The Palm Beach Post, 2018
As Graham found herself in every mother’s worst nightmare, and her nerves rendered her incapable of effectively act in order to save her daughter, the opportune presence of Ayala and Guadalupe made the difference.
The officers were reportedly nearby because they were having lunch together. While Ayala was appointed to security duty in the mall, his partner was there exclusively to get something to eat.
As soon as the mother’s terrified screams were heard, the policemen approached, and Ayala took matters in his hands, turning the baby face down on his lap to struck her on the back.
The officer managed to stay calm and think straight during the ordeal, and he managed to remove the obstruction and make the baby girl able to breathe freely again before it was too late.
In the meantime, as the footage shows, Guadalupe called for a first response emergency team in case they were needed.
Ayala is a father of three children, and he has received training in first-aid and performing CPR every other year since he is part of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.
The incident served as a wake-up call for Graham, who realized how important it was for her to be properly trained to deal with this kind of emergencies beyond the simple indications from the physician.
She believed she had to not only learn this herself, but she had to raise awareness about it and to encourage other parents to receive effective training.
“I will be contacting Wellington regional hospital to set up an infant CPR class for anyone interested. Lucia’s story has touched us all and I want to make sure we all get educated and know what to do!” she wrote on Facebook on August 4.