A medical dispatcher helped prevent the death of a less-than-a-month-old baby who stopped breathing after milk got stuck in his airway.
The Emirati baby’s father called 999 after his baby turned blue and showed no signs of response.
A medical dispatcher from the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) quickly took the call to calm the father and explained to him what he needed to be done to save the child before it was too late.
“It happened around one week ago. The child was being breastfed at the family’s home in Al Twar and stopped breathing because milk was obstructing his airway. Time was not in the best interest of the child and we had to act quickly,” said paramedic Essam Al Faqih.
Al Faqih said it was important to make the child’s father calm down so that he could listen to the first-aid instructions and carefully apply them to save the child.
“The father was very responsive as we asked him to follow a step-by-step CPR process to help dislodge the milk from the baby’s airway. We stayed with him over the phone and asked him to place two of his fingers in the middle of the baby’s chest and gently press down three times,” he said.
In less than a minute, the baby began to throw up the milk and started to regain consciousness. An ambulance then transferred the child to Latifa Hospital.
“The child is now in a stable condition. The baby wouldn’t have been saved by the time the ambulance reached,” Al Faqih said, who has been working with DCAS for the last nine years.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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