Thursday, April 5, 2012

Child and the officer who saved his life reunite

I wanted to share with you another tale of heroism and an awesome reunion from our award ceremony last week. Officer Jason Cramblit saved the life of a toddler in May 2011, and the boy and his family reunited with Officer Cramblit for the first time since the incident at last week’s ceremony. They are pictured above. Here’s the story of what happened:

One child will get to live out the life he was meant to after one frightening car ride to Children’s Mercy Urgent Care and the actions that Officer Jason Cramblit took.

On May 13, 2011, Allison Willman was en-route to Children’s Mercy Urgent Care to take her young son, Esher Willman, who had been suffering from a high fever. As they were driving, Esher began to have a seizure due to his high fever and vomited. The seizure prevented Esher from opening his mouth and he began to choke on his vomit.

Allison immediately pulled the car over, took her son out of the car, and attempted to force open his mouth in an effort to clear his airway, but she was unable to do so. She then noticed Esher turned blue and was not able to breathe. “I remember several people around me but no one was able to help,” Allison said, “until Officer Jason Cramblit arrived.”

Officer Cramblit walked over to where Esher was laying and applied pressure to either side of his jaw. He was able to stick his finger in his mouth to sweep out the vomit. On the third finger sweep, Esher took a large gasp and began to breathe again. Another officer immediately called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital to be treated. Esher is now doing well, and he and his family came to the award ceremony to reconnect with the man who saved Esher’s life. Officer Cramblit received the Life-Saving Award.

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