- Hannah Marie Jarvis was having a meal at a restaurant with her family
- Her 7-month-old daughter suddenly began choking and couldn't breathe
- A quick-thinking stranger stepped in and performed a manoeuvre that saved the baby's life
A heroic woman in North Carolina, United States, won praise recently after saving the life of a seven-month-old baby.
Deborah Rouse stepped in when the baby, named Calli, started choking on her food at a restaurant, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Calli's grateful mom, Hannah Marie Jarvis, shared the story on her Facebook page. She accompanied it with a picture of Deborah and a healthy Calli.
Hannah said she and her family were having a meal at the restaurant when Calli suddenly started choking on her food and couldn't breathe.
The family panicked before a waitress called out for someone with expertise to help. Deborah stepped up and performed the "Heimlich manoeuvre" on Calli.
The manoeuvre involves holding an infant at a certain angle and hitting him/her on the back multiple times. This way, Deborah managed to clear Calli's airway so she could breathe again.
Speaking to wlos.com, Hannah thanked Deborah profusely:
I didn’t get her phone number or anything, but I knew her name and wanted people to know she's a hero.
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