Alive thanks to the Guardia Civil

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Alive thanks to the Guardia Civil
Caption: BREATHING AGAIN: Mother, baby and the Guardia Civil officer at the health centre Photo credit: Guardia Civil

A GUARDIA CIVIL officer saved the life of a baby of seven months that had choked on plastic and a bottle top.

The drama occurred in Roquetas late at night when officers on a routine patrol in the 200 Viviendas neighbourhood noticed several women screaming and calling for help.

One had an unconscious baby in her arms, its eyes were rolled back and there was blood in its mouth.

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While one of the officers called for an ambulance, the other took the baby in his arms and after performing the Heimlich manoeuvre succeeded in making it eject a piece of plastic.

Seeing that the baby was still failing to react, he put a finger in its mouth and managed to extract a bottle top, after which it began breathing and started to cry.

Overcome with nerves and in shock, the child’s mother and aunt also needed attention after they both fainted, the officers revealed afterwards.


They accompanied the mother and baby to the nearest health centre where medical staff assured them that the child was only alive thanks to their rapid and decisive action.


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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