Girl, 4, Calls 911 To Save Brother's Life After Choking Fit

LANCASTER — The new year rang in on a happy note for Los Angeles County Fire Dispatcher Eddie Pickett after he helped a 13-year-old baby-sitter save her 4-year-old cousin from choking.

At 7:13 p.m., the preschooler's 11-year-old brother called 911 because she was choking on a piece of chicken. Pickett asked him to put the teen-ager on the phone because he thought she would be better able to handle the situation.

On a tape of the 911 call, the 13-year-old identifies herself only as Megan, and she is clearly panicked. After listening to Pickett's instructions on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, Megan shouted, "I can't do it! I can't do it!"

"You can do it," Pickett told her. "You've got to do it."

After 10 attempts by the teen-ager to force out the piece of chicken, the 4-year-old began crying, a sign that she could breathe.

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