Charlie was the happiest little boy the day after Christmas. Little did we know that we would almost lose him that year, all because of a seemingly innocent product from a Christmas stocking.
Edible chocolate coins.
We were in the car on our way to celebrate the rest of the holidays with family. As we were driving along my daughter yelled, "Charlie's swallowed a coin".
We took him out of the car seat and he appeared fine. He was saying anything and he was dribbling a bit but he was breathing fine. There was no visible choking. I told my husband I would take him down to the local medical centre to get checked out as it did seem to be bothering him.
On arrival there was no urgency. They took us to the treatment centre to be seen by the next available doctor. The doctor who eventually saw him told us we would need to go to the Children's Hospital to have it taken out. He ordered an x-ray for us to take with us and when I saw it, I couldn't believe my eyes.
He ordered an X- Ray. When I saw the picture I couldn't believe my eyes.
I didn't think I could drive so I asked to ride with Charlie in the ambulance that had been ordered. Charlie still seemed fine. He was excited when the ambulance pulled up. It was the first real one he had ever seen.
The ambulance officers were joking with him and making him laugh. We headed off towards the freeway and to the hospital.
That's when it happened.
Charlie's, who had been sitting on my lap enjoying the ride, suddenly turned blue around the mouth and went limp. The sirens were immediately turned on and the ambulance surged forward at speed.