Incredible moment cop saves the life of an 11-month-old boy by sticking finger down his throat and turning stuck coin sideways
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released video from May 31 incident
- It shows a mother frantically running toward deputy with limp child in her arms
- Mother is seen giving pats on boy’s back trying to dislodge a coin he swallowed
- She places boy into arms of Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Deputy Cameron Kinsey
- Kinsey put finger in throat and turned quarter sideways, enabling him to breathe
- Boy was rushed to hospital, where he had surgery to remove stuck quarter
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of an 11-month-old who couldn’t breathe and lost consciousness after accidentally swallowing a coin.
The incident took place on May 31 during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Palmdale, which is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.
Surveillance video released on Thursday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a panicked woman with a limp child in her arms running across a supermarket parking lot.
The mother is seen giving her son pats on the back in hopes of getting the boy to regain his breath.
A mother (top right) is seen above frantically carrying her 11-month-old boy across a supermarket parking lot in Palmdale, California, on May 31 as a sheriff’s deputy (top left) and another woman (center) are nearby
The mother hands her boy to the sheriff’s deputy, who is later identified as Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Deputy Cameron Kinsey
Kinsey checks up on the boy and notices that he is turning blue after having lost consciousness and unable to breathe
‘Deputy Kinsey assessed the child, administered a mouth sweep with his finger and dislodged vomit,’ according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
The deputy turned the coin sideways to allow air to pass through the boy’s system
She and another woman ran toward Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Deputy Cameron Kinsey, who was in the area doing routine patrol with his unit as protesters gathered at Marie Kerr Park.
‘Deputy Cameron Kinsey spotted the women coming his way, ran toward them, and met them in the parking lot,’ according to LASD.
‘An anxious mother handed her son to the deputy, who immediately recognized something was gravely wrong.
‘Deputy Kinsey assessed the child, administered a mouth sweep with his finger and dislodged vomit.’
The deputy turned the coin sideways to allow air to pass through the boy’s system.
Kinsey acted in the nick of time, as the boy by this point had turned a blueish color. The boy started crying and breathing again.
The video shows the two women and Kinsey’s colleagues with the LASD relieved after the boy began to breathe again and become alert.
The boy was transported to a local hospital for observation.
‘Mom did the right thing,’ Kinsey told the Antelope Valley Press.
‘She was quick-thinking and started patting him on the back to dislodge whatever he had stuck in there. I saw that.
Afterward, Kinsey, his colleagues, the mother, and the other woman are relieved as the boy begins to breathe and cry
The boy was then rushed to a local hospital and airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where he underwent surgery to remove a quarter from his throat
‘I saw she was scared and kind of frantic, so I ran over and I grabbed the baby. At that point training just took over.’
The six-year LASD veteran added: ‘I checked his mouth to see if anything was blocking his airway, and called for the fire department because that’s their expertise.’
The boy was first rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital. From there, he was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he underwent surgery to remove a quarter that was lodged in his throat.
Kinsey’s actions likely saved the life of the boy. After LASD posted video of his heroism, Kinsey began fielding media requests for interviews from several news outlets.
‘I’ve never had anything like this before so it’s a little bit uncomfortable,’ Kinsey said.