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Waitress Pounds on Choking Toddler's Back Until Ambulance Arrives, Saves His Life

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Life-saving skills aren’t just valuable for first responders to know — everyone would do well to take time to be trained in CPR and first aid knowledge.

It can happen anywhere. Someone could start choking at a restaurant or movie theater. Do you stand by and watch, helpless to do anything?

Or do you have the know-how to jump in and save the day? According to the New York State Department of Health, “12,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries.”

One family from Florida will be forever grateful to the waitress whose life-saving skills saved their choking toddler.

Carissa Green was eating at a Sonny’s BBQ restaurant in Lake City with her family when things took a turn for the worst.

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Sonny’s happens to be her husband’s favorite place to eat. But when their 1-year-old son Rhythm started choking on a French fry, everyone began to panic.

“I looked at him and his face was turning purple and my immediate thought was, ‘Oh, he’s choking,'” Green told WGFL.

The frightened mother recalled what happened next, explaining that people started crowding their table, doing whatever they could to help.

“People were taking my kid from me and taking turns and no one was helping,” Carissa told the news outlet. “I’m feeling completely helpless.”

Thankfully, Shalya Sullivan happened to be working a drive-thru shift that night. The waitress heard the screaming and rushed over.

Sullivan’s manager told the family she knew how to help. “I grabbed him and I immediately put him facedown on my arm and started giving him back blows,'” Sullivan said.

And that’s what did it. The French fry finally came out and little Rhythm started sucking in breaths, much to his family’s relief.

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“When he started crying, that was the best sound I’ve ever heard,” Shayla told WGFL. “I’m like, ‘I love this baby crying right now. Thank God.’”

A happy ending for everyone, including Sullivan and Green who agreed they also came out of this situation with a new friend.

Would you have been able to help in this scenario? If not, the American Red Cross offers CPR and first aid classes across the country. To find one in your area, visit their website and search in a city near you.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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