A serving soldier saved the life of a one-year-old baby who started to choke and turn blue in a McDonald’s restaurant.
Baby Jacob Desborough was sitting in a highchair in the fast food restaurant in Hartlepool when he suddenly started to choke on a piece of chicken nugget.
His panic-stricken mum, Nicki Lund, 25, saw her baby start to turn blue and picked him up but froze with shock.
Quick-thinking Glenn ‘Geordie’ Kidman, a wheelchair-bound serviceman who is a trained Army medic, saw what was happening and shouted “pass him to me”.
The 42-year-old laid the youngster over his knee and proceeded to bang him firmly on the back.
Some of the chicken was dislodged, but the baby started to choke again on the remaining food, so Geordie had to re-perform the move.
The hero’s actions were successful and he cleared the food from Jacob’s mouth with his little finger, as the colour started to return to his skin.
Today, Nicki, who lives in Hartlepool, thanked Geordie for saving her baby’s life.
She said: “He saved Jacob’s life there is no doubt about that. He was blue and he couldn’t breathe. I can’t thank him enough. If it wasn’t for Geordie, Jacob wouldn’t be here now.
“He just knew exactly what to do and took over because I had frozen with shock.”
She added: “Jacob was just eating a chicken nugget, which I’d cut up, but it just went down the wrong way. It was the worst experience, I’ve never felt anything like it.”
Geordie, 42, who lives in Horden, was in the fast-food restaurant with his family when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon, 28 January.
The combat medical technician, who recently had to have his leg amputated rendering him wheelchair-bound, said: “I saw the commotion at the table but nobody was doing anything because they were all in shock.
“I just pushed my way in, in my wheelchair, and told them to pass him to me. I knew what to do because I’m an army medic and it’s one of the things I was trained to do. I’ve had to do it before a couple of times on adults and children.”
He added: “People keep saying that what I did was heroic, but it wasn’t anything. Anyone would have done the same.”
Geordie, a dad-of-three, is due to end his 21 years’ service next year. He has served in countries including Bosnia, Macedonia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Kenya, Canada, and the Falklands.