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Youth Villages specialist’s quick thinking saves a child’s life

August 14, 2012

While conducting a family session in Woburn, Mass., Family Intervention Specialist Karen Tejada never would have guessed the routine session would take such a dangerous turn.

Karen Tejada, family intervention specialist, Woburn, Mass.

Sitting with the family in the kitchen, the youth’s 2-year-old sister managed to pull a one-inch smooth screw out of the kitchen table. Unbeknownst to the family, the toddler lodged the screw in her mouth and began choking.

In the midst of the crisis, Karen took quick action to help the child, as she was trained in live-saving techniques. She calmly told the family what she was going to do and performed the proper abdominal thrusts to help a toddler in that situation. Thankfully, the screw popped right up. The child’s mother reported that Karen remained calm throughout the ordeal while the parents were “beyond hysterical.”

When asked about taking the life-saving measures, Karen brushes off the praise and says she’s just doing her job.

Hats off to Karen for her quick thinking and utilizing her training!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2012 12:52 pm

    Thats MY roommate!!!! GO KAREN!!!

  2. Liani Perez permalink
    August 15, 2012 12:16 am

    I am so proud and truly privileged to have Karen on our team! Thank you Karen for your valued commitment to your youths and their families!

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