Neighbor Boys Help Panic-Stricken Mom Save Infant


A Marietta, Georgia mother, Susanna Rohm, had the scare of her life recently when her 12-week-old baby boy, Isaiah, just stopped breathing while sitting on her lap. His panic-stricken mother was at her wits end, as most of us would be, but two young neighbors, Rocky Hurt, 9, and Ethan Wilson, 10, came to her rescue.

Susanna was holding her sweet little boy on Monday when she noticed that he looked pale and his arms and legs were limp. He was unresponsive to her, wasn’t moving, and – when she checked – little Isaiah wasn’t breathing.

Panicked and discombobulated, she couldn’t remember how to give the baby CPR. She tried to call 911 but was so nervous that she accidentally knocked the cellphone under the sofa. The only phone in the house was the cellphone. Not knowing what else to do, in desperation, she ran outside and started screaming for help from someone, anyone. She needed someone to call 911.

Her neighbors, Rocky and Ethan were outside playing football at the time and ran to Susanna’s aid. Luckily, the boys had learned how to administer infant CPR the appropriate way via a poster in their cafeteria at school. The boys calmly and confidently walked the desperate mother through the process, effectively saving baby Isaiah’s life. Those boys are heroes in my book.

Do you know infant CPR? I knew at one point when my girls were babies but I’m not sure that I would remember it now and I certainly don’t know if I could recall it in an actual emergency involving my own newborn. We’d all like to think that we could jump in and save our children if something like this were to happen but the fact is we don’t know how we will react until we are actually in the situation.

When my oldest was about 20 months, she was eating a raisin. She had been eating raisins for some time at that point. I would cut them into tiny pieces and keep a close eye on her but on this particular day, she put it in her mouth and something went wrong. It simply went down the wrong way and she couldn’t make a sound and her lips were turning blue. I have never been so scared in my life. I did not freeze, I went in to try and clear the obstruction with my finger and then I administered the Heimlich. It sounds crazy but I was fully prepared to trache her. There was no way that I was going to let her choke to death. My adrenaline kicked in and I was mama bear MD. My husband froze but had the good sense and wherewithal to dial 911. That’s why we make a good team. It’s also why my girls still don’t eat raisins.

You just never know what you will do until you are faced with the very real possibility that you could lose your child. It scares you like nothing else. Thank God that Rocky Hurt and Ethan Wilson were there to keep Susanna calm and walk her through the CPR.

Have you ever had and life or death emergency with your child? What did you do?


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Neighbor Boys Help Panic-Stricken Mom Save Infant

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. BabyHill1013 says:

    Wow that story is awesome…. The boys really are heros it shows us that we as parental should make sure our children have this information a day are able to do these types of things. Because you never know what might happen. I god bless them both and km happy baby isaiah is alive and well

  2. Kelci1009 says:

    this is such an amazing story, I love the fact the children were aware and remained calm.
    Thankfully I know basic infant/toddler CPR and would knoe how to react. I feel as though this is someting that the hospital or doctor offices should go over with the parents more. I barely remember any speech a nurse or doctor gave about CPR during my pregnancy.

  3. IeshaRoper says:

    This is a great story. I’m not sure what i will do in such an emergency.

  4. Francine says:

    Way to go boys. I think that it is wonderful when younger and older people learn any kind of CPR, 1st aid, etc. Thank God!!!

    I had a scare the other day. my almost 3 month old son, started to choke on some of his formula that he was having at the time. I had looked away for a second to look at something else. Well, in short to say, he puked up the very thick formula and started to breath again.

    I have to thank my in – home nurse (Lisa Dugas, here in bangor, maine), and Melanie LaMarre (Maine Families, here also in bangor, maine) for teaching me things that i need to know as a first time mother.

  5. Sammylea says:

    OMG!!! This is my worst fear in life!!! I am in constantly worrying that my one moth old is going to choke on something!!! I took a refresher CPR class during my pregnancy but am afraid that if he does choke on something, I will freeze up. I pray that instincts and common sense will take over. He truly is the most precious gift in my life!!
    Kudos to the young boys that took the time to learn the proper CPR techniques to save a another’s precious life. Although some schools often offer it, most children don’t take the course, or really listen to the introductions. Peer pressure may sometimes make a youngster think they will get pick pick on if they are learning something. I know when I was in CPR, the class made jokes about ‘mouth to mouth’ on Jane the Dummy. However, when all was said and done, we all were proud when we got our certificates!!!
    I guess what I’m trying to say is, as a new mother, I am grateful that CPR is taught to everyone. That everyone has a chance to become lifesaver. It isn’t limited to a certain age, race, sex, religion, or political party of people. when my child becomes old enough, he too will learn how to do CPR.

  6. katherine says:

    I have a premature baby he wad born at 31 weeks n this has happend to me when i went to go c him on a saturday everything was good he ate then he burp it was all good till i c him struggling to breath i was scared to death but the good thing we were at the hospital… idk wat.i would do if anything happend to my little miracle!

  7. I don’t have children of my own yet one on the I’m 6months and ive seen this choking happen with my sisters 1year old she freaked out the very first time she choked on a gold fish it was so insane when it happened my sister and her finance freaked out where running after her and picking her up and saying what do we do i said pat her on the back to see if it would come out or try the Heimlich they patted her on the back and it came right out thank god.. the only thing now is there one yr old has learned to fake choke her self with her tongue just to get your attention
    and it gets scary sometime they are trying to teach her that isnt good

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