A mother from Indianapolis wants to give a strong warning to other parents based on her own tragic experience after her baby choked to death on a balloon.
Katie Chamberlain and her four boys were just casually but excitedly filling up water balloons when her 9-month-old son Justin accidentally swallowed one.
The mother said the baby immediately started to turn blue so she rushed over to give him CPR but it proved to be too late.
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The heartbroken mother said: “It was just so fast. I couldn’t even get to him fast enough before the balloon was gone and he couldn’t breathe anymore.”
Doctors say balloons are one of the most deadly choking hazards for children.
The sad loss, however, could have been avoidable had the adults exercised extra caution in ensuring that the baby didn’t get to hold a balloon. It is tragic that a children’s favorite plaything such as a balloon can lead to death; it’s sadder knowing it could have easily been prevented.