Mom Recalls Terrifying Moment 2-Year-Old ‘Slipped Away’ in Her Arms after Choking on a Sausage
Beth Ranger has opened up about the traumatic moment her two-year-old daughter Mia-Rose tragically "slipped away" in her arms after choking on a cocktail sausage.
In June 2018, the 22-year-old mother, from Dartford, had enjoyed a family day out with little Mia-Rose, her other children, sister, and niece. However, it soon turned into the worst day of her life.
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"It was a normal, hot day, we were just in the park together," Ranger told News Shopper.
The devastated mother added that when they arrived home, she gave the children sausages as a quick snack.
"Next thing I know my little one started choking," she continued.
"I couldn't sit and watch her go again, so I ran outside of the hospital room in tears. I eventually went back in, and she was gone two minutes later."
Ranger was in the kitchen preparing supper when she heard Mia-Rose coughing. She promptly checked her daughter if she was alright.
She then saw her sister slapping the back of Mia-Rose. Unfortunately, the sausage couldn't be removed.
Ranger called an ambulance and rushed over to give her CPR when the little child began to turn blue and stopped breathing.
"I knew in my heart she was gone. She'd slipped away," she told The Sun. "I kept thinking, how the hell can I perform CPR on my child knowing that she's going to die? It was traumatic."
Mia-Rose was immediately taken to Darent Valley Hospital in Kent after an ambulance crew arrived and failed to remove the food lodged in her airway.
Due to a lack of oxygen, the little girl suffered severe brain damage. She then spent time on life support.
Faced with the hardest decision of their lives, Ranger and her partner, Mia-Rose's dad Liam Browne, decided to put an end to the toddler's suffering. They agreed to switch her life-support off.
"It took seven minutes for her to go," Ranger said. "I'd already seen her go once when she stopped breathing in my arms at home."
She added: "I couldn't sit and watch her go again, so I ran outside of the hospital room in tears. I eventually went back in, and she was gone two minutes later."
Despite the pain of losing her daughter, Ranger preferred to remember happier times with her.
"She was always smiling. I could have a bad day, but just one look at her face would make me feel better," she said.
This is not the only instance where a child dies from choking. In 2017, two-year-old Ayyan Umar passed away from choking on grapes.