Butler County Times Gazette
  • Quick reaction saves student

  • A quick reaction by Skelly Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Martha Good saved one student from possible harm this week.
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  • A quick reaction by Skelly Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Martha Good saved one student from possible harm this week.
    The incident occurred at lunch when kindergartner Jaxson Guthrie was eating his meatball sub sandwich. Part way through, he started to choke on a meatball. He said he had chewed it up well, but had a big bite.
    “He looked at me and Mr. (Chad) Schuetz thought he was going to get sick so he went to the office to get the nurse,” Good said as she sat with Jaxson at the table where the incident occurred.
    Then she saw him open his mouth, gasping and waving his arms.
    “I just went over there and felt for his sternum and thrust up,” she said.
    The meatball flew out of his mouth, landing close to the next table over.
    “When he flailed I just thought ‘Jaxson don’t do this to me,’” she said. “But God was with us.”
    That night Jaxson’s mom, Brandee, said Jaxson told her Mrs. Good was his angel.
    “He said, ‘She’s an angel, Mom,’” Brandee said.
    Brandee said she had done some research that night after it happened and found the results of a choking to be scary. She said it only takes six minutes of not getting oxygen to damage the brain.
    “If she hadn’t done what she did, how long would it have taken for an ambulance,” Brandee said.
    Brandee called Jaxson’s doctor, Dr. Christopher Bird, and she said he personally called her back and had her bring Jaxson in to the office, but Jaxson was found to be doing OK.
     
    Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
     
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