Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Did First Aid Bid Make Tragic Millie Worse? ; One of Her Lungs Was Severely Inflated [Edition 3]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Did First Aid Bid Make Tragic Millie Worse? ; One of Her Lungs Was Severely Inflated [Edition 3]

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FIRST aid attempts to save a baby choking on food could have made her condition worse, an inquest has heard.

Millie Thompson, nine months, was being fed shepherds pie at Ramillies Hall Nursery when she began to choke.

But a post mortem examination found one of her lungs was severely inflated - possibly as a result of resuscitation attempts, the inquest heard. Food was found to have become lodged at the entry to her left lung, allowing air in but not out.

Staff trained in first aid at the Cheadle Hulme nursery carried out back slaps after she began to choke. Ambulance paramedics later used a bag and mask in an attempt to get her breathing. Her left lung was found to have ruptured, causing cardiac arrest.

Medical evidence suggested the food may have first become stuck higher up Millie's throat before gradually moving further down the airway.

Giving evidence, consultant paediatrician Dr Robert Downs said: "This was something developing, getting worse as more air got trapped, then causing all the organs in the chest to move across and compromising their function. …

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