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Golden Corral customer uses Heimlich maneuver to save choking baby


HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (CIRCA via WLOS) — New mom Hannah Jarvis was looking forward to a joyful and peaceful meal with her family Thursday in Hendersonville, North Carolina when the unexpected happened.

“We were all at the Golden Corral. We were celebrating Thanksgiving,” said Jarvis, who was there with her 7-month-old daughter Calli and her family of eight.

“We were just feeding her some mashed potatoes. She just started gagging all of a sudden. She was choking."

Jarvis said a waitress tried to help and was holding her daughter. The quick-thinking waitress called out in the restaurant for anyone who could help the infant.

“The folks turned to my grandbaby and that's when that lady that saved her came up,” Calli's grandfather, Cimarron Waldrup, said with tears in his eyes.

“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.”

Jarvis said that although the family hugged Rouse amid the chaos, she wants to reach out and properly thank her again.

“I didn’t get her phone number or anything, but I knew her name and wanted people to know she's a hero," Jarvis said.

Jarvis told her husband, who serves in the Marines, the story and how thankful she was Rouse was in the room. Jarvis said Rouse told the family she has five children of her own.

“It was something that was meant to be, at the right time and nowhere else,” said Waldrup. “We just want to thank her, thank Deborah, again.”

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