Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies came together to save the life of a 1-year-old girl who had choked and had fallen unconscious on Saturday night, according to KCAL-TV.
What are the details?
KCAL reported that the child, Faith, was trying out her first tortellini when she began to choke.
Faith's mother, Kiah Moten, said that she was sleeping when the baby's father woke her up, telling her that the baby — who was born with Down syndrome — was choking.
"I just remember her dad waking me up," the mother said, according to KCAL. "I was asleep and he told me that she was choking."
She jumped up from bed and attempted to extricate the food from little Faith's throat, but to no avail.
"It wasn't coming out, so I told him to call 911," Moten explained.
According to KTLA-TV, Faith's father attempted the Heimlich maneuver as directed by a dispatcher on the line until first responders were set to arrive.
What did the deputies do?
Melvin Castro and Omar Sanchez, two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies, were first to arrive on the scene. Castro said that he was very concerned when he arrived, because Faith was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
"The only thing in my mind at first was, 'It's not good,'" Castro said.
Moten recalled seeing Castro running down the driveway with Faith's limp body.
“I remember seeing him run down the driveway and my daughter’s body was like a rag doll,” she explained.
Paramedics had yet to arrive — so the deputies used their patrol car to take Faith for help.
According to KCAL, one of the deputies performed CPR while the other called in to clear the roadways for an emergency transport to a nearby hospital.
Sanchez said that the time it took to get Faith to the hospital seemed like an eternity.
"It felt forever, but I want to say it was no more than five minutes," he said, noting that as a trainee, it was the first time he'd ever driven a patrol vehicle.
What happened next?
According to KTLA, Faith began gasping for air as the patrol vehicle approached the hospital. She was immediately taken into the ICU for treatment.
Moten expressed her gratitude and said that if it weren't for the two deputies who arrived on the scene, "the outcome could have been very different for us."