Patricia Bentley from Leicestershire

Patricia Bentley, 2010sEast Midlands‘I was at my mother-in-law’s house when I heard her neighbour Kerry Brooke shouting. I walked to my car and realised she had her 10-month-old daughter, Olivia, over her shoulder while screaming down the phone to the 999 operator saying, “My baby is choking.” I dashed over and it was obvious Olivia was struggling to breathe as she was turning blue.

I crouched down with one knee higher than the other and placed Olivia head downward, supporting her head and gave her five sharp slaps on the back. After a few blows, a piece of mince was sitting at the front of her mouth which I carefully removed. Olivia took a huge gasp of air and started to cry which was a relief.

At the time, I didn’t think what I was doing, it was just a natural instinct and my first aid skills just kicked in.’

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