10-year-old dies of choking despite efforts to save her

Updated: Feb 15

This story has been updated since we learned that the victim of this choking accident did not survive.

MOUND CITY – Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend confirmed on Friday that a 10-year-old Mound City girl died Thursday afternoon, four days after choking while she was eating.

A 911 call came into the sheriff's office dispatch at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 from a family frantic that their daughter was choking. While the ambulance crew was being called out, Deputies Colton Carbon and Craig Haley quickly made their way to the house just north of the sheriff’s offices, arriving in a few minutes.

When they arrived at the residence, the pair began working to use the Heimlich Maneuver to clear her airway. However, because of a pre-existing medical condition, it took some time for their efforts to be successful, Friend said.

They reported in at 6 p.m. that the girl was unresponsive and began CPR on her. They continued their resuscitation efforts as the Mound City Fire Department and the American Medical Response (AMR) crew arrived to assist.

The girl’s pulse returned as the AMR crew worked on her, and an air ambulance was called to transport her to a hospital emergency room in the Kansas City metro area, the sheriff said.

At that point, emergency crews headed down to the water pumping station on the west side of Kansas Highway 7 to clear a landing area for the helicopter.

Friend said that a family member posted on Facebook that the girl remained in serious condition earlier this week. The post also said that doctors told them that the first 72 hours after being revived were the most critical.

Following that post, the family asked that their privacy be respected and no update on the girl’s condition has been posted. Friend said that family members praised the emergency responders for their quick actions.

However, Friend said that the deputies, one of whom has a 10-year-old, would likely feel like they failed in their efforts.

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