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Malmstrom airman credits CPR training with rescue of child in Great Falls

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Evalyna Little Young Man-Baker, a Master Sergeant with the 819th RED HORSE unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base, along with her husband and her mother, were the first people to render aid to the little girl. Evalyna Little Young Man-Baker, a Master Sergeant with the 819th RED HORSE unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base, along with her husband and her mother, were the first people to render aid to the little girl.
"She is doing great. She wanted to pose for you guys. Thanks to the GFPD and those paremedics for their amazing job. I want to also thank the two woman that started CPR right away." - Photo from Ruben Perez "She is doing great. She wanted to pose for you guys. Thanks to the GFPD and those paremedics for their amazing job. I want to also thank the two woman that started CPR right away." - Photo from Ruben Perez
several officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the Townhouse Inn for a report of an unresponsive child in the pool area.  (MTN News file photo) several officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the Townhouse Inn for a report of an unresponsive child in the pool area.  (MTN News file photo)
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A four-year old girl was saved in Great Falls on Sunday thanks to quick action by emergency responders.

On Wednesday, that several Great Falls police officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the Townhouse Inn for a report of an unresponsive child in the pool area. GFPD officer Rick Brinka was the first emergency responder to arrive, and found the motionless child being frantically attended to by several adults. Brinka said that he saw the child had something lodged in her throat. Brinka then moved into position and relieved the women who had been performing CPR.

He turned the child on her side and delivered a series of firm strikes to her back, dislodging what he described as a piece of food from her throat.  Great Falls Fire Rescue personnel then arrived with more advanced equipment and took charge of the care of the still-unresponsive child. After several minutes of working on her and preparing her from transport to the emergency department at a hospital, the child began to gasp and slowly breathe on her own.  By the time she arrived at the hospital, she was alert and crying.

Later in the day, the GFPD issued a public plea to try to identify the women who administered the first rounds of CPR to the child, and on Wednesday evening, we found out.

Evalyna Little Young Man-Baker, a Master Sergeant with the 819th RED HORSE unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base, along with her husband and her mother, were the first people to render aid to the little girl.

Little Young Man-Baker tells KRTV that she performed the rescue breathing (mouth to mouth), her husband called 911, and her mother performed chest compressions. She said they continued for about three minutes, but that it "seemed like an eternity" - a common refrain from emergency responders.

They continued working to save the child until Officer Brinka and the other emergency responders took over.

Little Young Man-Baker told KRTV that she had recently been re-certified in her CPR training, and she was thankful that she had the training when the incident unfolded.

She noted, "If I didn't have that and I was there (in that situation), I'm sure I'd be more panicked and less help, so I needed that training - I'm glad I had it." 

Little Young Man-Baker described the incident: 

She was in the shallow end of the pool at the Townhouse Hotel and apparently was jumping around, which must have dislodged some food that she had just eating. She started choking, and went under water for 3 1/2 minutes until a lady named Juanita saw her. She grabbed her out of the pool and some others individuals that I knew starting yelling, "evalyna, evalyna come here quick!" and I yelled for my mother (who's room I was sitting in) to follow me.

We got down next to this little girl. She already had a chalky gray skin tone and her mouth was completely blue. My mom started compressions and I started giving her mouth to mouth. Luckily she threw up on me and most of the food came out but she was still unconscious so I kept doing mouth to mouth. She started to gasp when I tilted her head back for mouth to mouth then she would stop again. My mom continued with compressions and I continued doing mouth to mouth until the paramedics arrived. It was so scary!!

Little Young Man-Baker also praised the staff of the 911 Dispatch Center; she says that her husband spoke with dispatcher Peter Ingold.

Also on Wednesday evening, Ruben Perez shared a photo of his daughter Gabriella - the one who was rescued. 

Perez said: "This was my daughter. She is doing great. She wanted to pose for you guys. Thanks to the GFPD and those paramedics for their amazing job. I want to also thank the two woman that started CPR right away. If it wasn't for them this would be a different story."

If you would like to learn CPR and first-aid, click here to visit the American Red Cross website.

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