Paramedics’ in­struc­tions over phone helped fa­ther save in­fant

Am­bu­lance team calms down ter­ri­fied man whose baby turned blue af­ter chok­ing on milk

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Amed­i­cal dis­patcher helped pre­vent the death of a less-than-a-mon­thold baby who stopped breath­ing af­ter milk got stuck in his air­way.

The Emi­rati baby’s fa­ther who was ter­ri­fied by the in­ci­dent called 999 ask­ing for help to save his baby who had turned blue and showed no signs of re­sponse.

A med­i­cal dis­patcher from the Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices (DCAS) quickly took the call to calm the fa­ther down and ex­plained to him what he needed to do to save the child be­fore it was too late.

“It hap­pened around a week ago. The child was be­ing breast­fed at the fam­ily’s home in Al Twar and stopped breath­ing be­cause milk was ob­struct­ing his air­way. Time was not on the child’s side and we had to act quickly,” said para­medic Es­sam Al Faqih. Al Faqih said it was im­por­tant to make the child’s fa­ther calm down so that he could lis­ten to the first-aid in­struc­tions and care­fully ap­ply them to save the child.

CPR process

“The fa­ther was very re­spon­sive as we asked him to fol­low a step-by-step CPR process to help dis­lodge the milk from the baby’s air­way. We stayed with him over the phone and asked him to place two of his fin­gers in the mid­dle of the baby’s chest and gen­tly press down three times,” he said.

In less than a minute, the baby be­gan to throw up the milk and started to re­gain con­scious­ness. An am­bu­lance then trans­ferred the child to Lat­ifa Hos­pi­tal.

“The child is now in a sta­ble con­di­tion. The baby wouldn’t have been saved by the time the am­bu­lance reached,” Al Faqih said, who has been work­ing with DCAS for nine years.

Many sim­i­lar cases have been re­ported to the com­mand and op­er­a­tions room at Dubai Po­lice of late, ac­cord­ing to DCAS.

“We’ve had many emer­gency cases like this and we try to al­ways calm the callers down and ask them what the ex­act case is so we can help them to deal with it. Usu­ally in the case of moth­ers, it’s much more dif­fi­cult to calm them down be­cause they go into a state of panic,” he said.

He also ad­vised par­ents to get the right train­ing in first aid and CPR so they can know how to deal with any case at home.

“Of course, we feel happy when we are able to save some­one’s life. This is our job.”

Talib Ghu­loom, di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment at DCAS, said paramedics at DCAS are well trained to deal with cases like these. “We con­tinue to test the readi­ness of our staff, in­clud­ing our paramedics, am­bu­lance driv­ers, and med­i­cal dis­patch­ers, in han­dling these cases with full ex­per­tise.”

Para­medic

Cour­tesy: Dubai Cor­po­ra­tion for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices

Talib Ghu­loom, Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions Depart­ment, along with Khalid Qasim Beloushi, Head of Emer­gency Dis­patch, hon­our Es­sam Al Faqih with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

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