Friday 12/3/21
SUFFOCATION

Civil Guard saves life of 6-year-old boy who choked on a candy

The boy's mother later stated that, while they were at her home, the boy ingested a candy that apparently caused the suffocation

Image captured by the security cameras of the civil guards practicing the Heimlich maneuver on the child. Image: Civil Guard.
Image captured by the security cameras of the civil guards practicing the Heimlich maneuver on the child. Image: Civil Guard.

The Civil Guard has assisted in Huelva a 6-year-old boy who was suffocating after eating a candy.

The events occurred when police officers from the Civil Guard Command in Huelva observed through the security cameras how a woman was running barefoot with a child down the street in her arms, requesting help.

The officers came to her aid and observed that the minor had symptoms of suffocation, was in a semi-unconscious state, and large mucus emerged from his mouth.

The agents began performing abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) on the child, a first aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstructions (or choking) by foreign objects. Meanwhile, they notified the emergency services to activate a health care response.

After a few minutes, the civil guards managed to free the boy from the obstruction, and he began to breathe gradually.

Quick intervention

The boy's mother later stated that, while they were at her home, the boy ingested a candy that apparently caused the suffocation.

The health services stated that the quick intervention of the police officers had saved the boy's life.

The minor was assisted by doctors and was later transferred to the Juan Ramón Jiménez Hospital for a more exhaustive examination.

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