A tragedy averted

Quick action one year ago saved life of 5-year-old choking on a hot dog

ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 5/16/16

One year and two days ago, it was not known if 5-year-old Granite Moseley would be with us after he started choking on a hot dog. Today, his family is able to see the now 6-year-old riding his new …

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A tragedy averted

Quick action one year ago saved life of 5-year-old choking on a hot dog

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One year and two days ago, it was not known if 5-year-old Granite Moseley would be with us after he started choking on a hot dog. Today, his family is able to see the now 6-year-old riding his new bicycle, smiling and acting just like a kid his age should act.

The initial response from his father, then quick acts from emergency responders saved the youngster’s life, and, according to his mom Jeneva, helped make sure Granite would suffer no brain damage. This quick reaction led to Life Force and other emergency responders receiving the 2016 Star of Life award for helping save lives.

The incident occurred as Granite began choking and let his father know of the situation. Granite’s dad attempted the proven life-saving Heimlich maneuver (used when someone is suspected of choking) while also contacting 911. Dispatchers instructed Granite’s father to start CPR.

“I was choking on the hot dog,” Granite said. “It was tough to breathe. (My father) called 911.

Personnel from the Bradley County Emergency Medical Service arrived on the scene and were met by firefighters from Bradley County Fire-Rescue. The BCEMS performed suction on the little boy that led to them having visual confirmation of the hot dog lodged in Granite’s throat.

BCEMS Medical Director Dr. Jesse Coleman arrived on the scene and intubation was started to provide air to the 5-year-old. Granite was transported by ambulance to Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, and then on to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga by the Life Force medical helicopter.

“This was a miraculous call that could have gone bad in so many ways,” read the application for the Star of Life award. “The reason that this particular call should be recognized is due to the fact that it involved all of the right pieces that are needed to improve the possibilities of a positive outcome.”

The application for the award pointed out that it was very important that the father had the presence of mind to begin lifesaving procedures and contact 911.

The award also pointed out all of the response agencies for the incident, including the Charleston Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, BCEMS and Life Force.

“This was a prime example of how well an incident can be mitigated successfully when emergency agencies work together in a collaborative effort,” the award application continued. “This multi-agency response was able to provide a successful lifesaving outcome to a 5-year-old boy who made a complete recovery.”

Stan Clark of the BCEMS said that the most important thing to come out of this incident is the importance of knowing CPR in the home.

“I believe his father had some military experience, and was trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, and had he not been trained in knowing how to do those procedures, it’s possible that Granite might not be with us today,” Clark said.

“We were worried that he might have some lingering effects from loss of air,” Granite’s mom said. “He is an expert on superheroes, so when he woke up the next day, he noticed a balloon tied to his bed, and pointed out the superheroes on it and their powers. We knew that he was going to be OK.”

He has been a student at Yates Primary School this year.

Granite and his family were at the presentation of the 2016 Star of Life award in Nashville. He was excited to be on the stage with the first responders, and it was clear that he was a typical 6-year-old when he was asked about the incident.

“Choking on a hot dog is poopy pants,” he said at the presentation. “I’ve been thinking about saying that all day.”

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