Mum’s chok­ing warn­ing af­ter near tragedy

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A SOUTH­PORT mum is urg­ing oth­ers to take first aid cour­ses af­ter her daugh­ter was left min­utes from death when she choked.

Danielle Vaughan’s daugh­ter, Tianni, stopped breath­ing af­ter a small piece of pop­padom got stuck in her throat, caus­ing ter­ror for the then four-year-old and her fam­ily.

Panic set in for Danielle and Tianni’s dad Gary as they feared for her life when she stopped breath­ing or cough­ing, in­stead star­ing at them in dis­tress.

Thank­fully, af­ter a few min­utes, which Danielle said felt “like a life­time”, Tianna man­aged to swal­low the food and colour be­gan to re­turn to her face.

Danielle said: “I thought I’d seen chok­ing but this wasn’t like any­thing I’d seen be­fore.

“We all pan­icked and I still don’t re­ally know how she was okay in the end.

“If a kid’s like that, if you call an am­bu­lance, you’ve only got a few min­utes un­til it’s too late.”

Danielle has some knowl­edge of first aid through her job as a care as­sis­tant and from see­ing it ad­min­is­tered on TV, but said the panic made it al­most im­pos­si­ble to fin­ish.

Af­ter the ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal, she at­tempted to en­rol on a first aid course but could not find any within the town.

She is now or­gan­is­ing a se­ries of cour­ses around South­port and is urg­ing oth­ers to at­tend to avoid go­ing through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

The first ses­sion was held at Play­town, on Ocean Plaza, with staff from the play cen­tre among those to take part. Danielle plans to host more ses­sions around the town and wants to en­cour­age oth­ers to take part.

The three-hour cour­ses are de­signed to help ad­min­is­ter first aid to ev­ery­one from in­fants to the el­derly and in­clude deal­ing with chok­ing, re­sus­ci­ta­tion, deal­ing with in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal bleed­ing, us­ing ban­dages, and recog­nis­ing and re­spond­ing to con­di­tions such as epilepsy, asthma, di­a­betes and menin­gi­tis.

Danielle said: “I started re­search­ing first aid cour­ses but all I could find were ones in Liver­pool.

“It was such a scary thing to go through and I wouldn’t want any­one else to have to ex­pe­ri­ence that.”

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact her on Face­book.

Danielle Vaughan with daugh­ter Tianni

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