A Plymouth dad says he 'owes everything' to his neighbour who came to the rescue after his baby daughter started choking.

Jeff Hoare, was at home with his sixth-month-old daughter Ivy Grace when she started choking on a bottle lid she'd put in her mouth.

He did everything he could to try to dislodge the lid, but, he says it would not budge and his daughter starting shaking and panicking.

Jeff ran into the street and frantically shouted for help from his neighbours.

Thankfully, his neighbour Michal Kogut came to the rescue and was able to dislodge the bottle lid - using a spoon - and save Ivy Grace's life.

Jeff says he and his partner Claire are incredibly grateful to their neighbours for their support, and to Michal for everything he did to save baby Ivy Grace. Credit: Plymouth Live

He saved my daughter's life. We owe him everything, we can't thank him enough.

Jeff Hoare
  • How to help a choking child

  • If you can see the object, try to remove it. Don't poke blindly or repeatedly with your fingers. You could make things worse by pushing the object further in and making it harder to remove.

  • If your child's coughing loudly, encourage them to carry on coughing to bring up what they're choking on and don't leave them.

  • If your child's coughing isn't effective (it's silent or they can't

  • breathe in properly), shout for help immediately and decide whether they're still conscious.

  • If your child's still conscious, but they're either not coughing or their coughing isn't effective, use back blows.

  • Back blows for babies under 1 year

  • Sit down and lay your baby face down along your thighs, supporting their head with your hand.

  • Give up to 5 sharp back blows with the heel of 1 hand in the middle o the back between the shoulder blades.

Back blows for babies under 1 year

  • Sit down and lay your baby face down along your thighs, supporting their head with your hand.

  • Give up to 5 sharp back blows with the heel of 1 hand in the middle of the back between the shoulder blades.

  • Back blows for children over 1 year

  • Lay a small child face down on your lap as you would a baby.

  • If this isn't possible, support your child in a forward-leaning position and give 5 back blows from behind.

  • If back blows don't relieve the choking and your baby or child is still conscious, give chest thrusts to infants under 1 year or abdominal thrusts to children over 1 year.

  • This will create an artificial cough, increasing pressure in the chest and helping to dislodge the object.

Unconscious child with choking

  • If a choking child is, or becomes, unconscious, put them on a firm,

  • flat surface and shout for help.

  • Call 999, putting the phone on speakerphone so your hands are free.

  • Don't leave the child at any stage.

  • Open the child's mouth. If the object's clearly visible and you can

  • grasp it easily, remove it.

  • Start CPR