A Co Down mum has hailed the quick-thinking actions of an off-duty police officer who saved her choking son, saying she owes the woman her life.
Lynsey Hagen was on a visit to Ards Shopping Centre when suddenly her son Lucas began choking on a soft mint close to the entrance.
The four-year-old turned pale as he struggled to breathe. Mum Lynsey panicked and screamed for help.
“I’ve had the first aid training course but I just froze,” she told the Belfast Telegraph, “I suppose when it’s your own child it’s different.”
As people gathered around it was then that the off-duty police officer came forward.
“She was so calm. She put him over her knee and tried slapping his back and then she tried to get her arms around him to squeeze his stomach, but his knees kept buckling and it was tough to do,” Lynsey continued.
“She called for an ambulance …
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