A turkey baster is an instrument used for cooking, but one Michigan man used it to rescue a five-month-old infant to clear mucus after the baby stopped breathing.
The turkey baster idea was from Bill Hogenson, who was working nearby when he overheard two babysitters call 911 about Nessa Shoup, the five-month-old baby.
Hogenson rushed over to the neighboring house and began performing CPR on the suffocating baby. When that didn’t work he grabbed the only helpful utensil he could find — a turkey baster. After a pat on the back, Nessa started breathing again.
Nessa’s father said he was “forever grateful” to Hogenson.
“If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t have this beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful,” he said.
Hogenson wasn’t able to sleep the following night, although it wasn’t because of anything, particularly bad.
“Ever since then, when I see her she gives me a smile,” he told the Daily Mail. “It kind of gives us a bond for life.”
The relatives said that Shoup’s epiglottis hasn’t fully developed yet, causing her to choke on her food or saliva sometimes, according to Ludington Daily News.
The epiglottis is the flap of elastic cartilage, covered in mucous membrane, that is attached to the larynx. It guards the opening to the voice box, however, when someone swallows, it folds down directing the food into the esophogus.