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Hero 911 Dispatcher Helps Mother Save Choking 11-Month-Old Baby

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MIDDLETOWN, OH (ABC NEWS)- A hero 911 dispatcher in Middletown, Ohio, helped save an 11-month-old baby when the mother called 911, sounding distraught and saying that her baby was choking.

The mother, who wanted to remain anonymous, called 911 mid-day Wednesday when her baby appeared to be unable to breathe while choking on an unknown object.

The call started out like any other: “Middletown 911, where is your emergency?”

The mother was reportedly home alone with the baby at the time of the incident.

“My baby is choking on something,” the woman told the dispatcher.

Rhonda Deaton, the dispatcher on the nearly five-minute call, initially struggled to understand the mother who was panicked and inaudible.

 

Deaton, however, told the mother to “stop screaming and take a deep breath,” so she can hear the woman’s address and send an ambulance.

“I was very stern with her, but in doing so, she immediately calmed down and was answering my questions and following my instructions,” Deaton told ABC News.

 

Deaton, however, told the mother to “stop screaming and take a deep breath,” so she can hear the woman’s address and send an ambulance.

“I was very stern with her, but in doing so, she immediately calmed down and was answering my questions and following my instructions,” Deaton told ABC News.

 

The mother, who was crying and screaming into the phone, was unable to see what type of object the baby was choking on.

“Stop screaming so that I can assist you,” Deaton said. “Take a deep breath.”

Deaton, who has worked as a Middletown dispatcher for two and a half years, asked for more information so she could understand the situation and figure out how to help.

“Do you see something in its mouth?” Deaton asked on the call.
“No, but her lips are getting purple,” the mother replied.

Deaton proceeded to give step-by-step instructions to the mother on how she could save her baby.

Deaton reassured the mother that help was on the way, but also insisted that the only way to save her baby was if she calmed down.

After a little over two and a half minutes, the baby can finally be heard crying over the phone. The object, a small metal ball belonging to the woman’s older child, came out of the baby’s throat, freeing the airway and allowing the baby to breathe again.

Deaton reassured the mother that help was still on the way to examine the baby, but that as long as she’s crying and breathing, she would be all right.

“OK, I’m gonna let you go. You did a great job,” Deaton told the mother when police arrived.

Dispatchers typically do not get to know the outcomes of the calls they answer because the calls end once emergency responders arrive on the scene, Deaton told ABC News.

 

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Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at dhankey@woaynewswatch.com


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