2 Greenwood officers help save life of 3-year-old girl with chronic illness

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GREENWOOD, SC (WSPA) Greenwood Police Department officials said two of their officers helped save a 3-year-old’s life on Saturday.

According to the police department’s Facebook post, the officers responded to call about an unresponsive child at Walmart, located at 300 Bypass 25 NE, around 5:30 p.m. 

When the officers arrived at the store, they found the child not breathing and unresponsive on the floor in the clothing section being helped by a stranger.

Officers then took over CPR on the child as EMS and fire personnel were responding to the store.

According to the post, Greenwood City Fire Department crews used an AED to get a stable pulse from the child and EMS crews took the child to Self Regional Hospital for treatment.

According to the mother, the child suffers from a chronic illness that requires her to have a tube in her throat. The tube had apparently come out and the child stopped breathing while shopping. When officers followed up on the child at the hospital, they learned that she was being stabilized for transport to Greenville for further treatment.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the young child; we are praying for a quick recovery. We are very proud of officers Brandon White and Kirby Claphan who saw someone in need and did everything they could to help!

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