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Heroic Plane Passenger Saves Little Girl's Life After She Chokes On Sweet

Heroic Plane Passenger Saves Little Girl's Life After She Chokes On Sweet

A mum has praised a man who sprung to action during a flight to save her little girl's life after she began choking on a sweet.

Kirsty Reed, 37, was flying to Newcastle from Benidorm with her four-year-old daughter Summer.

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Passengers attempted to dislodge the sweet from the girl's throat but were unsuccessful, until Jordan stepped up.

The youngster started to choke during a flight. Credit: Gazette Live
The youngster started to choke during a flight. Credit: Gazette Live

Kirsty said she gave her daughter a mint that she had broken into quarters to help relieve the cabin pressure. However, while she was plaiting Summer's hair, the little girl started to cough and horrified Kirsty realised she was choking.

"I took my belt off and hers and started whacking her back, but it was still lodged in her throat and she was severely distressed," Kirsty said.

At this point a man sat in front of them grabbed Summer and started hitting her on the back, but the sweet remained stuck.

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Kirsty added: "Summer's hands and legs were kicking about, but she made no noise. Her face was distressed, and she could not breathe.

"I screamed the plane down saying, 'help me, help my daughter'.

"Then out of nowhere, Jordan - unknown to me at the time - shot up, took her off him and carried out the Heimlich manoeuvre.

"Within about three goes, she let out an almighty scream and out came the sweet.

"I've never been so relieved in all my life."

Jordan Lowrie, 25, was on his way back from a lads' holiday and had been napping when the commotion woke him up.

Jordan told Teeside Live: "I heard screaming and panic."

"I woke up and thought the plane was going crash, the lad next to me was like 'a little girl's choking'.

"I could see a man hitting her back and chest, I jumped up, they were like 'she's not breathing'.

"I pushed the bloke out the way and I literally did the Heimlich manoeuvre.

"I performed that manoeuvre and she sort of spat out a mint.

"The next thing you know I just sat down - I didn't really grasp the situation."

Jordan says he had watched a video days earlier in which a waiter had saved a man's life by using the Heimlich manoeuvre.

Kirsty now hopes other people will learn basic first aid to help in situations like this.

Jordan Lowrie's quick-thinking saved the little girl's life. Credit: Gazette Live
Jordan Lowrie's quick-thinking saved the little girl's life. Credit: Gazette Live

She said: "In those moments, I completely froze and didn't know what to do to save her other than bang her back - which didn't work.

"A simple view of a video saving someone's life helped save my daughter's life.

"These men helped saved my daughter's life. My daughter got to greet her Daddy at the airport and give him the biggest hug ever."

Kirsty used social media to track down Jordan where she hailed him a 'hero' for his quick-thinking.

"He's our absolute hero," she said. "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Featured Image Credit: Gazette Live

Topics: hero, uk news

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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