Wisconsin National Guard soldier saves choking toddler at O'Hare
NBC 25 News
Sgt. Katie Eggers
December 19, 2017
CHICAGO — A Wisconsin National Guard Soldier traveling on military orders performed the Heimlich maneuver on a toddler, saving the girl’s life Dec. 7, 2017 at O’Hare International Airport.
Spc. Jasmyne Harris, a supply specialist with the Milwaukee-based 32nd Military Police Company, was waiting for a flight to Oklahoma City to learn about new protective masks her unit would be receiving, when she decided to grab some food before her flight.
“I was going to stop at one restaurant, but then something told me to just keep going, so I found another restaurant that’s actually by the gate,” Harris said.
Right as Harris sat down there was a commotion. A waitress yelled that a girl was choking. Harris saw that the toddler wasn’t making a sound, and the mother was unsure of how to properly help her child.
“I just went straight into reaction mode,” Harris said.
Harris went straight over to the family and began performing the Heimlich maneuver on the child until the girl was able to breathe again and started crying.