In an unexpected turn of events, one police officer found himself in the right place at the right time and saved the life of a chocking student.
Officer Duane Smith was supposed to go to the school later that day, but he decided to return earlier after helping the school patrol. This decision, or call it an intuition, turned to be life-saving.
During lunch time, one of the students, Ethan Hamrick, suddenly started chocking on a water bottle cap that was lodged in his airway. Luckily, his friend Rudra Parmar realized what was going on and rushed to alert Officer Smith and the school nurse, Annette Lively. Without hesitation, Officer Smith ran into action and started performing the Heimlich Maneuver on Ethan.
After 14 tries, the cap move around and opened a breathing passage. Luckily, it gave Ethan a chance to take some breath while they were waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The nurse also did her part and stayed by Ethan’s side.
After the scary incident, Ethan was rushed to the hospital where doctors managed to get the cap out. He was soon released and is now feeling fine.
His friend, Rudra, who saw the emergency unfolding right in front of his eyes, said: “I was really hoping that he’d be alive by the end of this, so I just prayed. Because I don’t want to lose a friend…I’ve prayed for my mother and my father, might as well pray for a friend.”
Thankfully, everything turned for the best for young Ethan all thanks to his friend, Officer Smith, and nurse Lively.
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