TESCO HERO SAVED MY CHOKING TOT
Brave store worker ran to help as baby turned blue
A TESCO worker saved the life of a one-yearold who was choking on a cocktail sausage by the till.
By the time duty manager Daryl Begley, 26, reached suffocating Morgan-Rae she had turned blue and was losing consciousness.
Mum Laura Upton, 21, had given the teething tot a packet of cocktail sausages to munch on to stop her crying at the store, earlier this month.
But as Laura, from Plymouth, paid for her shopping her baby began choking on the savoury treat leaving Laura screaming for help.
Dad-of-one Daryl heard her panicked shouts and sprang into action.
He said: “I was filling a delivery cage, in the household aisle, when I heard a woman scream for help because her baby was choking.
“I ran over to Laura and saw that Morgan was bright blue.”
Quick-thinking Daryl, who has a daughter, Lily, two, said his instincts kicked in and he performed an emergency manoeuvre on the tiny tot despite having had no first aid training.
He added: “I took Morgan off Laura, put her over my arm and tapped her back to dislodge the food.
“She began to cry again and I knew that her airways were clear. I fish-hooked the food out of her mouth with my finger.
“I held on to her for a couple of minutes until she had calmed down and then I passed her back to Laura.” Daryl fetched a dummy to calm the tot and grabbed wet wipes from the household aisle to clean out her pram.
He said: “I got her a dummy and some wet wipes and cleaned the sick out of her pram.
“I didn’t leave Laura and Morgan until they were calm.”
Laura was astonished by Daryl’s actions and said: “If Daryl wasn’t there, I don’t know what I would have done. I have no first aid training. I froze with fear. I felt like I was watching my daughter die in my arms.
“I was having a really bad day and Tesco was our last stop. My daughter is teething and she had been crying all day.
“I gave her the sausages to stop the tears. She’s had them many times before. I didn’t think anything would go wrong.”
Bashful Daryl, who works in the Tesco Metro in Plymouth, told Laura he didn’t want “to make a fuss”.
Laura posted her gratitude on Facebook, saying: “I will always be grateful for Daryl’s actions and hope he will be recognised and rewarded for going above and beyond.” The supermarket giant later gave Daryl its gold award for service for his act of heroism, along with some chocolates and champagne.
A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are delighted to hear that the little girl is now back to her usual self.
“We are always glad to see our colleagues go above and beyond and we are awarding Daryl a gold award for service, in recognition of his quick thinking and the excellent help he provided to the child and her mother.”
LIFESAVER: Laura and little Morgan-Rae with Daryl and a packet of the sausages which the tot had been eating