Cork bus driver hailed a hero for saving choking toddler 

Cork bus driver hailed a hero for saving choking toddler 
Paul Curtin who saved a toddler from choking on MacCurtain Street, Cork. Pictue Dan Linehan

A BUS driver has been hailed a hero after a 'drive-by rescue' saved a three-year-old girl from choking.

Paul Curtin was travelling up MacCurtain Street when he saw a woman panicking in her car and stopped to investigate.

Paul, who works with Enable Ireland as a bus driver, said the mother was panicking so much, she couldn’t even open the car door to get the choking child out of her seat.

Paul jumped into action, pulled the child out of the backseat, put her over his knee and with a short sharp slap between the shoulder blades, dislodged a jelly from the three-year-old’s throat.

Wanting to thank their hero, the family reached out to the Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM to try and track him down, which they did.

Paul explained that although he does a first aid course every three years with his job, he never thought he would remember what to do in an emergency.

He said the child's lips were blue and you could see the oxygen leaving her face.

Paul Curtin who saved a toddler from choking on MacCurtain Street, Cork. Pictue Dan Linehan
Paul Curtin who saved a toddler from choking on MacCurtain Street, Cork. Pictue Dan Linehan

He added: “It makes me feel proud and I’m kind of emotional about it because I just did it and saved her life in 30 seconds."

Paul said only for Covid-19, it was possible the child could have died.

“Only for the Covid-19 I would have kept going, but there was less traffic that morning you know? 

"On a normal day, I would have been one of those people who kept driving, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.” 

Paul has been working with Enable Ireland as a bus driver for 22 years and said it is a great job that he enjoys.

“It is a great job, you come home every day having made a difference.”

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