Police were in the right place at the right time, saving the life of a Perth toddler who was choking to death.
When 18-month-old toddler, Zac Wali, started choking on a grape, his mother Sehar saw the life start to drain from his body.
Senior Constable Pryce and two other police officers just happened to be nearby at the time, doing random breath tests.
They were at the scene in just minutes, but Zac had already stopped breathing.
“He was lifeless, a blue colour I’ve never seen before,” Senior Constable Daniel Pryce said to Yahoo 7.
“You could just see there was no life in the baby at the time,” Constable Nik Bergant said. “Part of me was really scared.”
“I managed to get half a grape,” Senior Constable Pryce said. “That was enough for us to start doing CPR and bring him back.”
“All I remember is his big dark eyes, his eyes were wide open, just looking straight up,” Senior Constable John Hennah said.
“They saved my son’s life,” a grateful Sehar said, calling the police officers “true heroes.”
“They did not give up.”
What a terrifying experience!
What to do if a young child chokes via Kidsafe/strong>
- Check first if the child is still able to breathe, cough or cry.
- If the child IS breathing, coughing or crying, the child may be able to dislodge the food by coughing:
- Check the child’s mouth for food; remove any food that you can see (scoop it out with your fingers).
- Stay with the child and watch to see if their breathing improves.
- If coughing has not removed the food and your child is not breathing easily, phone 000 for an ambulance
- Give up to 5 sharp blows between the shoulder blades using the heal of your hand.
- Check the child’s mouth after each back blow and remove any food.
- If the child is still not breathing, commence CPR. The ambulance service operator will be able to tell you what to do next.
Earlier this week a NSW mum issued a warning after a man had to jump through a café window to save her baby’s life after choking on a teething toy bead.
We also recently shared This alarming x-ray showing how important it is for parents to be vigilant about food even as your children get older.
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