National Police saves lives of baby and elderly woman in Madrid

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NATIONAL POLICE in Parla, Madrid, saved the life of a 22-month-old baby that was choking on a piece of liquorice.

The events took place when the child’s father rushed into the grounds of the police station in Parla, shouting for help and followed by his older son.

His 22-month-old daughter had been eating liquorice and it had got stuck in her throat. She wasn’t responding to any stimulus and her mouth was blue.

Several officers rushed out to help and it was a policewoman who works for the Office for Citizen Attention and Reports who performed the Heimlich manoeuvre whose actions were decisive, as she dislodged the piece of the sweet that the child had swallowed and the little girl began breathing normally again.

The National Police also saved the life of a 75-year-old woman who was calling for help from inside her home.

They received calls from neighbours who provided them with spare keys, but they were unable to unlock the door because the key was on the inside. One of the officers forced open bars and entered the house where they found the woman on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood due to the cuts that she had sustained.

They covered her wounds and put her in the recovery position while talking to her to keep her conscious, then opened the door to let in paramedics who took the woman to the Infanta Sofia Hospital in San Sebastian de los Reyes in Madrid. She had lost a lot of blood and her condition was serious.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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