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Mum tells of Choking Horror

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:45am 31st May 2012.

A mum has told how her little boy had to be airlifted to hospital after he started choking in Newquay.

Four year old Cameron Farmer got a whole grape wedged in his throat while he was on holiday in the resort.

Mum Julie told Pirate FM, "It was really, really scary. I can still see the look in his eyes now when he was so, so frightened. But I think he knew he needed help, so he let us help him. But it was really, really horrible."

His desperate mum asked his seven year old sister Abbie to fetch help. She managed to find an off duty police officer who gave him first aid until paramedics and the Cornwall Air Ambulance arrived.

He was treated by doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, who are now backing a new campaign to give advice to parents about what to do if their children start to choke.

Julie said, "I didn't realise that sausages were one of the big choking risks. I know you hear about grapes but as parents you get guidelines, which you listen to. They say over the age of three you don't have to worry quite so much, so you stop chopping. I know an awful lot of parents who have stopped chopping."

Consultant Ray Sinclair is spearheading the new drive. He knows of four cases in which children have died before they reached hospital.

He wants parents to ensure that they are chopping up "danger" foods right up until children are five.

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