GREER, S.C. — A family in South Carolina are thanking an unlikely hero after their 11-month-baby was saved from choking on a plastic wrapper.
WYFF is reporting that Stephanie Cooper’s son Eli began choking when he put a plastic wrapper in his mouth.
“I turned around and started beating him on his back, but it wasn’t coming out,” Cooper said.
Cooper said she was frantic and ran out the front door.
“I don’t even remember a whole lot of it because I just blacked out,” Cooper said.
The Cooper’s mailman, Chris Brown, was right outside the door.
“The mailman didn’t even say a word,” Cooper said. “He just grabbed my son and did the Heimlich on him and out it came.”
Cooper fought back tears as she tried to explain her gratitude.
“The baby started crying so I said, ‘He’s OK mom, he’s OK, he’s crying. He’s OK,’” Brown said.
Brown said he learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver during emergency training with the post office years ago. He has been with the post office for 24 years and says this is the first time anything like this has happened.
“It was no coincidence that Chris was here at that exact time,” Cooper said.
Eli’s parents call Brown their hero.
“He is an amazing man,” Cooper said.
It’s a title Brown isn’t comfortable with.
“I really don’t feel that way, because to me I would have done it for anyone or I hope someone would have done it for my children,” said Brown.
Cooper said it’s because of Brown that her family will be able to celebrate Eli’s first birthday.
“It’s an amazing, amazing story. It really is,” Cooper said.