Wisconsin National Guard Soldier saves choking toddler in airport
CHICAGO — A Wisconsin National Guard soldier traveling on military orders performed the Heimlich maneuver on a toddler, saving the girl’s life Dec. 7 at O’Hare International Airport.
Spc. Jasmyne Harris decided to grab food while she waited for her flight to Oklahoma City.
When she sat down at the restaurant she heard a waitress yell that a girl was choking. Harris saw that the toddler wasn’t making a sound and that the mother didn’t know how to properly help her child.
“I just went straight into reaction mode,” Harris said in the press release.
Harris performed the Heimlich maneuver on the child until the girl was able to breathe again and started crying. Harris said in the release she was relieved to know the girl is going to be alright.
The toddler didn’t need any other medical attention, and Harris said in the release she was relieved to know the girl is going to be alright.
“If you’re in a situation where you have to act on it, don’t think twice,” Harris said. “Just act, and everything will come like second nature.”
Harris is a supply specialist with the Milwaukee-based 32nd Military Police Company. Whe was going to Oklahoma City to learn about new protective masks for her unit.
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