Baby choking at Golden Corral saved by Good Samaritan

Megan Johnson
This Good Samaritan saved a stranger’s baby girl. (Photo: Facebook)
This Good Samaritan saved a stranger’s baby girl. (Photo: Facebook)

A baby girl is safe and sound after a scary incident in a North Carolina Golden Corral restaurant.

Hannah Marie Jarvis was celebrating Thanksgiving at the family restaurant on Thursday, along with seven other relatives. But things got scary when her 7-month-old daughter Calli started to choke on her dinner.

“We were all at the Golden Corral. We were celebrating Thanksgiving,” Jarvis told local news station WLOS. “We were just feeding her some mashed potatoes. She just started gagging all of a sudden. She was choking.”

A waitress first attempted to help, but then yelled out if anyone in the restaurant could assist. It was then that fellow diner Deborah Rouse stepped in and saved Calli’s life.

“This lady named Deborah intervened, and she started performing the Heimlich maneuver on her,” Jarvis said. “She held her down, like this, taking multiple blows to her back. It was miraculous, she started breathing again. She told me her name is Deborah Rouse.”

Later, Jarvis took to Facebook to send her thanks to Rouse. She posted a photo of Rouse holding Calli, who wore a pink jumper and headband while smiling.

“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,” Jarvis wrote. “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.”

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Jarvis followed up by saying that her daughter had been evaluated at the hospital, and is doing very well.

“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 managed to see one of the posts, and later responded to Jarvis.

“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”

Rouse later reposted Jarvis’s announcement and photo of her holding baby Calli, along with a caption reading “What a blessing!! What a Thanksgiving.” She added “I’m soooooooo THANKFUL to God for having me in the right place at the right time!!! God, You are WORTHY.”

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