An Illinois dad is grateful for the group of nurses who paid his bond after he was arrested for alleged traffic violations he committed while rushing his toddler to the emergency room on Thursday, April 4.
As FOX2 reports, Darius Hinkle was racing to Touchette Regional Hospital, when multiple police officers began following him with their sirens on. However, Hinkle kept going because his 1-year-old daughter was choking on a penny.
“The first thing on my mind was ‘get her to the hospital.’ That’s my daughter I wouldn’t want nothing to happen to her.”
Donecia Pittman, the toddler’s mother, was also in the car at the time. She told FOX2 that when they arrived at the hospital, she informed the officers that her daughter was choking.
However, she says they were more concerned with the fact that Hinkle was speeding and did not have a valid license. Officers arrested him while his daughter received medical attention.
Later, Pittman went to the jail where Hinkle was being held to bail him out. That’s when she encountered another individual with the same intention.
“Somebody was up there they said, ‘I’m here to bond out Darius Hinkle.'”
The woman told Pittman that she worked as a nurse at Touchette Hospital. Pittman said the employee told her that she and a group of other nurses had put their money together to post bond for Hinkle.
Both parents are extremely grateful for the nurses. They said they cant “thank them enough” for their grand gestures of saving their daughter’s life and helping them post bond.
The National Health Service provides various tips on what types of thrusts and blows to give your child if they are choking based on their age.
The service recommends chest thrusts for children under the age of 1 and abdominal thrusts for older children:
Only remove the object from the child’s mouth if it is clearly visible. Otherwise, you may accidentally worsen the blockage. If you are unable to remove the object using the previously mentioned tips, call 999 immediately.
Lastly, the National Health Service recommends seeking medical attention for the child whether the object was able to be removed or not.