Ogden officer saves choking infant
Updated: 12/13/2011 9:53 am | Published: 12/11/2011 11:19 am
OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – An Ogden Police Officer is being credited with saving the life of a choking 23-month-old infant.
Ogden Police tell ABC 4 News that Officer Travis Gerfen was in the area of 400 and 26th street in Ogden around 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening when he noticed a vehicle erratically pull off to the side of the road.
Occupants in the vehicle frantically got out and waived down Officer Gerfen.
The officer was informed that a 23-moth old female infant was inside of the vehicle and was having difficulty breathing.
Family members told the officer that they had left Christmas Village where the infant had received a Candy Cane after taking a photo with Santa.
Gerfen located the infant in the back of the vehicle, determined that she was not breathing and that her skin was beginning to turn purple. Gerfen requested medical response and began the Heimlich maneuver on the infant.
A piece of the candy was dislodged in the infant’s airway and the infant began to breathe.
Ogden Fire medical personnel arrive and transported the infant to McKay Dee Hospital. The girl is reported to be in very good condition.
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