Memoirs of a Navy Brat






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Infant First Aid Saves Baby Sis 




Mom's knowledge of emergency infant first aid procedures, and  coolness under crisis, would avert a near tragedy in the family. 

On May 2, 1962, we were blessed with a late addition to the family. Mom, who was then already 40, gave birth to the youngest of her brood, our sister Yvette.

She was only a few months old when she contracted bronchitis, a common ailment among infants. I remember we were having lunch then, and as I had finished ahead, I stood up and went to Mom's room to check on our baby sister. I panicked when I saw her already black and blue, and ran out immediately to tell Mom. We started crying, except for Mom who immediately and calmly attended to her. Our neighbor, Mrs. Nebres (Auntie Choleng), heard all the crying and commotion, and it was her who immediately contacted the base hospital to send an ambulance, as soon as she learned what had happened. I remember I was sitting on our front stairs, sobbing, as we waited anxiously for the ambulance to arrive. Later on, I learned that Mom applied infant first aid procedures, continuously sucking the phlegm out of my sister's nose so she could breath, until the ambulance came and brought them to the base hospital.

I really thought then that we would lose our baby sister, but thanks to Mom's coolness, prompt action, and knowledge of emergency infant first aid procedures culled from years of experience, our baby sister made it through. She was the apple of Dad's eyes and we don't begrudge her for that. She grew up into a lovely, intelligent and talkative lady, and she's now working as state research scientist in California.

Mom, well known for her beauty,  stands only about 5 feet tall. But beneath that small frame and beauteous face is a strong woman, whose admirable coolness and courage under crisis, I witnessed in this incident and the sinking of the RPS Rajah Soliman.

[Garita Elementary School Education]


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