Man saves baby with turkey baster

Wildlife contractor in Michigan used tool to clear choking baby's airways

POSTED: 07:53 AM MDT Jun 11, 2013    UPDATED: 07:58 AM MDT Jun 11, 2013 
Man saves baby turkey baster

A wildlife contractor in Michigan turned to the kitchen to save the life of a choking baby.

 Bill Hogenson of Ludington was working outside with his son when he heard a frantic neighbor calling 911, screaming that a baby she was watching had just turned purple, Traverse City TV station WPBN reported.

He ran upstairs, grabbed 5-month-old Nessa Shoup from the lap of a babysitter and started performing CPR.

But the baby was still struggling to breathe, so Hogenson had to try something else.

"I went into the drawer and found a turkey baster and used the turkey baster to clear her nasal passage and her airway," he told WPBN.

He patted her on the back, spun her around and saw a good sign -- a smile.

Nessa's parents, Shawn Gasciogne and Robin Shoup, told the Ludington Daily News her throat is not fully developed yet, causing her to choke occasionally.

They lauded Hogenson as a hero.

"If it weren't for him, we wouldn't have this beautiful baby here right now and we are forever grateful," Gascoigne told WPBN.

Being a parent, Hogenson said his instincts just kicked in.

"Ever since then, when I see her she gives me a smile," he said. "It kind of gives us a bond for life."