TX Medics Save 3 Year Old


 
 

JASON TRAHAN | | Sunday, August 16, 2009


It's a parent's worst nightmare: The babysitter calls. The 3-year-old is choking on a grape. Paramedics are working on her.

By the time Cindy and Frank Smith answered their phones on July 16 and began racing home, their daughter Kayla's life was already in the hands of five Keller paramedics.

The Heimlich maneuver wasn't working. Her numbers were plummeting. They were running out of options.

"The girl was dying," said Keller Fire Chief Daniel Gaumont.

They flipped her upside down, and could see the grape. "But it's gone down below the vocal cords," Gaumont said. "It's stuck there in her windpipe. It's moving up and down as she's trying to breathe."

Read More Keller paramedics to be recognized for saving a 3-year-old who choked on a grape


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Airway and Respiratory, Special Patients

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Mechanical CPR is Producing Resuscitation Results Beyond Expectations

Discover why clinical studies are finding mechanical CPR just as effective as optimally-performed CPR.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

New York First Responders Take Extraordinary Steps to Help Residents

Snow causes fire and EMS crews to go beyond call of duty.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Raw Video: Explosion and Fire at California Business

Over a dozen hurt in Santa Paula blaze.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Four Workers Killed at Texas Chemical Plant

Five employees exposed to methyl mercaptan in La Porte.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Worker Killed in North Carolina Bridge Collapse

A fatal construction site collapse occurred in Wake County.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Plane Crashes into Chicago Home

Pilot reported engine trouble after takeoff.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Switzerland Landslide Kills Two, Injures Four

Slide hits residential building near Lugano.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

World Trade Center Rescue

Technical rescue work is done at nation’s tallest skyscraper.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >