‘The baby was turning blue’: Heartbreaking moment Beverly Hills security guards save the life of a choking toddler after a desperate mother pushes the child into her arms and collapses on her floor
- Niko Nesbeth and Joey Madrigal, security guards employed by a Beverly Hills gas station, were alerted to a desperate mother on May 26
- Her baby was choking and she called a doctor: when Nesbeth ran outside, the mother gave the baby to Nesbeth and Madrigal called the paramedics.
- Nesbeth can be seen patting the baby on the back, to clear the airways: the baby was turning blue, but then started breathing again, and doctors soon arrived
Two Los Angeles security guards working at a Beverly Hills gas station were praised for their quick thinking when they stepped in to save a choking baby.
Niko Nesbeth, a Navy veteran, and his partner Joey Madrigal were working at the 76 gas station at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive on the morning of May 26.
A person rushed to get water to help the infant and said a mother needed help: the distraught mother was seen on CCTV footage shouting: ‘Who is doctor ?”
Nesbeth fled, and Madrigal radioed medics.
The mother pushed her child into Nesbeth’s arms and collapsed on the floor in hysterics as Nesbeth patted the baby on the back to restore his breathing.
The distraught mother, in a green top, can be seen pushing her choking baby into the arms of security guard Niko Nesbeth
Niko Nesbeth said he was happy to be on the scene and to be able to help
“She was very devastated,” said Jose Peraza, a gas station attendant who helped console the mother.
He said KTLA: ‘He was dying, he wasn’t breathing or anything. So, two security guards, they helped her.
“My partner told the security guard to hit the little baby in the back.”
Nesbeth said he immediately realized the baby needed urgent attention.
“The mother is already throwing the baby into my arms,” said Nesbeth.
“I noticed that looking at the baby’s face, the baby was turning blue.
“I could tell his colors were changing so I knew he was choking and having no air.”
The mother, in green, is seen collapsing to the ground in a fit of hysteria as Nesbeth tends to the child
Joey Madrigal has been instructed to call immediate medical assistance for the baby
The couple said they thought it was ‘divine intervention’ that they were in the right place at the right time
Madrigal, who had recently joined Covered 6 security, said he knew the priority was to get professional medical help.
“One thing I learned during the training is that you have to slow down time; and you have to realize and just get all the facts and put them together – because I was pretty much tasked with getting the rescue as quickly as possible,’ he said.
Nesbeth said he was happy to be able to help her, describing her being in the right place at the right time as “divine intervention”.
The infant was unharmed.
“It was the best feeling to feel that,” he said. Fox 11.
“To help a community – especially a small child – it’s amazing.”