North Carolina mom Hannah Jarvis was enjoying a meal at Golden Corral on Thanksgiving with her family when her baby girl, Calli, started to choke on mashed potatoes.
Jarvis told PopSugar that she and her mother desperately tried to dislodge the food but were unsure of how to properly do the Heimlich maneuver on a baby. She said:
“I immediately jerked my daughter out of her high chair and started pounding on her back, but I wasn’t doing it right and so I started to panic.”
Jarvis said her mother was also unsuccessful at getting the food out of baby Calli’s throat.
Then, another woman at the restaurant, Debra Rouse, stepped in to help. Jarvis said:
“My mother started to do the same as I was doing: holding her upside down, smacking her back. Then, Debra intervened and did the Heimlich maneuver properly. We were all in a panic.”
Thankfully, Rouse was able to stop Calli from choking and save her life.
Jarvis wrote on Facebook that she couldn’t be more thankful for the stranger’s quick-thinking.
If anyone knows who Deborah Rouse is, this lady is a hero! If it weren’t for this angel, my daughter probably would have been wheeled away in an ambulance today. Thank you for saving my daughter’s life and thank you Trish from Golden Corral who helped intervene as well! My family and I can’t thank you enough for helping. My daughter is fine and has been seen at the ER and is perfectly happy and healthy now I will never forget the many tears that were shed today in Golden Corral as this angel stepped in to preform the heimlich maneuver that saved my baby from choking to death. Most importantly, thank you Jesus for hearing our desperate cries for Calli this Thanksgiving afternoon. Christ was with us today ❤ Christ made sure that he was going to protect my baby today and that’s just what he did?
Rouse spotted the message on Facebook and commented:
Good evening Mrs. Hannah, I saw the news article and I messaged you my number! I’m elated that Callie is doing well, y’all have been on my mind since yesterday! Love you all and take care ❤️❤️❤️
According to PopSugar, the moms met up again the day after the incident so that Jarvis could give Rouse a “proper thank you.”
The two have been speaking daily ever since.