This is the moment a New York state trooper saves the life of a two-year-old boy who was choking on a piece of pancake.
The incident took place in Binghamton, which is a city in New York State, when trooper David Draudt responded to a call about a child choking and being unresponsive.
Body cam footage of the incident shows the police officer responding to the call. The officer gets out of his police car and runs up to the home.
The young boy’s grandmother, who has not been named, waves him inside the house and he runs in.
Inside, the two-year-old boy, who has not been named, can be seen lying motionless on the floor in the kitchen.
Officer Draudt enters the kitchen and the unnamed mum of the young boy can be seen cradling him in her arms.
In the footage, to which officer Draudt has since added his own commentary of how the incident unfolded, it is revealed that the young boy had apparently choked on a piece of pancake and that the mum had attempted to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre to dislodge piece of food trapped in the boy’s windpipe.
The Heimlich manoeuvre – also known as abdominal thrusts – is a first-aid procedure that is used to dislodge foreign objects that have obstructed people’s airways.
The police officer explained that the young boy was “new to starting some dry foods”.
Draudt said that his first job was to “try to clear the airway with my finger but his jaws not closed so then I just began giving him back blows into I could hear him start to breathe again. At least I knew what I was doing was working.”
The police officer then explained that he was able to retrieve the piece of food from the young boy’s mouth.
Draudt added: “I’m just happy that I was in the right place at the right time.”
The footage was shared online by the New York State police, who said: “He recently responded to a call for a child choking and not responsive.
“The boy’s mom says they are able to be with their son today because of Trooper Draudt.
“Job well done.”
It is unclear if the young boy was taken to hospital for further medical treatment but it is not believed that his health condition is serious at present.