Watch: Constable saves 2-year-old from choking

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A quick-thinking police officer on the beat saved the life of a two-year-old girl who was choking on a piece of food earlier this week, the Malta Police Force reported.

The incident happened in Rabat on Monday evening, at around 7.30pm. Community policing has recently been extended to the locality, and PC Andrew Caruana was out on patrol in St Publius Street when he heard a commotion coming from a private residence.

In light of this, he knocked on the door, identified himself as a police officer and entered the house, where he saw the young girl struggling to breathe. Caruana thus provided first aid until the girl succeeded in spitting out the piece of food which had been lodged in her throat.

Though the girl immediately appeared to have recovered, an ambulance was called as a precaution.

Caruana was eventually informed by her family that the young girl was safe and sound. The girl’s grateful parents recounted that a doctor told them that her daughter would have been seconds from death if not for his intervention.

On his part, however, Caruana simply said that he was the right place at the right time, though he credited the introduction of community policing with increasing police presence in the streets and making his intervention possible.

“Another police officer could have done what I have done. But I believe that through community policing, which has increased the frequency of patrols and boosted our presence, we can prevent various incidents from happening.”