SANTA YNEZ, (AP) — Two Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies are being credited with helping to save an 18-month-old girl who was choking.
The sheriff’s office says Deputies Brian Flick and Jorden Walker were responding to an unrelated call on the Chumash Indian reservation on Saturday when a woman, Amber Cota, ran out of a neighboring residence, screaming for help for her daughter.
The toddler, Lah’nee Cota, was unresponsive and purplish in color.
The deputies used back blows, the infant Heimlich maneuver and a finger sweep to ensure her airway was clear. About 30 seconds later the girl was breathing on her own.
Firefighters and an ambulance arrived to take her to a hospital, where she fully recovered.
The girl’s mother says every second mattered and the deputies did not hesitate.