Health & Hap­pi­ness: Chok­ing Haz­ard + A Stroke At 2!

Sarah has the Fairy Princess to thank for sav­ing baby Luke

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Glanc­ing over, I no­ticed Luke’s face was bright red

Sarah Rees, 33,


Watch­ing The Choke­ables ad­vert on Face­book, I chuck­led. The quirky St John Am­bu­lance video ex­plained what to do if your child is chok­ing.

Though fun, the in­valu­able ad­vice stuck…

One af­ter­noon, in Fe­bru­ary 2015, my son Leon, then 4, had just re­turned home from school and was play­ing on the floor with his 20-mon­thold brother Luke.

While the boys mucked about with their toys, I was on the sofa chat­ting to my mum Linda over the phone.

Glanc­ing over,

I no­ticed Luke’s face was turn­ing red, and his ex­pres­sion was one of panic.

In his hand I saw an ac­tion fig­ure with a gun that shot soft balls.

Within a se­cond, I’d put it to­gether – my baby was chok­ing!

I leapt up straight­away and ran to Luke’s aid.

Re­call­ing the ad­vert,

I heard David Wal­liams’ voice as the Fairy Princess in my head telling me what to do.

If your baby is chok­ing, lay them face down on your thigh. Then one gives up to five back blows.

So I did just that. ‘Come on Luke!’ I cried, as Leon looked on in shock.

I was ter­ri­fied as my poor boy silently retched.

Lift­ing him up, I looked into his mouth and saw a tiny ball at the back of his throat.

So I turned him back over and car­ried on giv­ing sharp blows to his back.

Just then, my hus­band Stephen, 35, ar­rived home. ‘Luke’s chok­ing!’ I screeched. As fast as light­ning, Stephen got un­der­neath Luke’s head as it lay across my lap, and tried to stick his fin­gers into Luke’s mouth to scoop out the ball.

Thank­fully, it worked – we were so re­lieved when Luke finally coughed up the ball onto the floor and be­gan to wail. ‘Thank good­ness!’ I cried. Stephen rang the NHS helpline, and was guided through some checks, but Luke was com­pletely fine.

Luke soon calmed down. Re­lieved, I shared The Choke­ables on Face­book again.

You never know when it might help another mum!

Luke loves play­ing with Leon

The Fairy Princess in the video

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