Baptist Hospital employee saves life of choking man

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Little did Sherry Castillo of Bruceton know that her camping trip over the weekend would turn into a life saving situation.

The medical lab technician, who is a 17-year employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital – Carroll County, was camping with family members at Happy Hollow Campground in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park at Eva when Scotty Hollowell of Camden began to choke Saturday afternoon.

“Around 3 p.m. we were in the process of building a fire when we heard a noise,” she said. “We thought it was someone who had fallen.”

About that time, she turned to see that someone camping behind them was choking.

“Another gentleman was performing the Heimlich procedure on him,” she said. “I ran over and started the procedure myself. The pork chop that was choking him came up.”

He immediately got ok.

About four years she enrolled in a Basic Life Support class where she learned the Heimlich procedure.

She says she was glad that she was available at the right time to assist.

“I wish more people would realize how important basic life lessons are,” she said. “No one realizes until they get into a situation like this.”

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