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EMT Suspended After Trying To Save Choking Girl's Life

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Noelia-Lisa EchavarriaNoelia-Lisa Echavarria

Noelia-Lisa Echavarria, a 7-year-old first-grader from Brooklyn, New York, is on life support after she choked while finishing her lunch on Oct. 21.

It might have seemed like a stroke of good luck when EMT Qwasie Reid happened to be driving by Echavarria’s school in a private ambulance when someone came out yelling for help.

"She was blue in the face and lips," Reid told WGN-TV. "No response. Unconscious unresponsiv."

Reid used a defibrillator on Echavarria and put an oxygen mask on her face. He said no one was helping her when he arrived, but now he’s been suspended from his job, despite his heroic efforts to help Echavarria.

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"I made a vow to save a life. If I had to do jump out of the ambulance again, I'd do anything," Reid said. "I pray to God she feels better."

The tumult surrounding Echavarria’s choking doesn’t end with Reid’s suspension, which remains unexplained.

According to Echavarria’s family, the school principal never called them and remain uncertain about what happened, ABC 7 NY reports.

“Based on the information, we believe the principal and faculty responded swiftly to the emergency, notifying 911 and the student's family immediately,” the Department of Education said in a statement on Oct. 27. “We continue to monitor this situation."

Echavarria’s family told ABC 7 NY that the 7-year-old is brain dead, but they don’t have the heart to end her life and her mother is "praying for a miracle.”

Sources: ABC 7 NY, WGN-TV / Photo Credit: WGNTV