Ontario boy saved after swallowing his allowance

A six-year-old boy from Cornwall, Ont., almost died after swallowing two loonies but a bystander helped by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre.

Clayton Cadieux, 6, swallowed two loonies at Cornwall, Ont., arena

Clayton Cadieux's life was saved by a stranger after the 6-year-old swallowed 2 loonies 2:22

A six-year-old eastern Ontario boy almost died after swallowing his allowance, but the quick action of a man standing nearby helped save the boy.

On Sept. 15, Clayton Cadieux received two loonies as allowance from his parents, Robert and Kristine Cadieux.

Clayton's father, Robert, tried to save his son but it did not work. Luckily, another man's Heimlich manoeuvre did the trick. (CBC)

But instead of using the coins to buy candy at the Cornwall Civic Complex, he tried to swallow them while watching the River Kings hockey practice.

Clayton began to choke. Robert tried to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre​ but it was unsuccessful, then he tried to reach in his son’s throat for the loonies, but that did not work.

“I didn’t know what to do. I just panicked and I started yelling at my husband. I’m like, ‘Oh my God he’s choking, he’s choking,’” said Kristine Cadieux.

Tow truck driver saves boy

Then Andrew Vink, a local tow truck driver, ran over and he started the Heimlich manoeuvre. Soon after, Clayton began to cough.

Tow-truck driver Andrew Vink jumped to the aid of a six-year-old boy to help save him from choking on two coins. (CBC)

“On the way to the ambulance, Clayton said, ‘Am I going to die?’” Robert Cadieux remembered. “I said, ‘Not today, buddy.”

An X-ray at the Cornwall Community Hospital showed the coins deep down in Cadieux’s throat. Then ORNGE air ambulance took Clayton to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa for surgery.

The family did not realize that Vink's action had, in fact, saved their son.  And, they also didn't know who Vink was until Saturday, when the Cornwall tow truck driver met the Cadieuxs at their home.

He also gave Clayton a ride in a giant tow truck.


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