A four year old girl was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Tuesday after choking on a hotdog. At around 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, police and ambulance responded to a call on Sara Ashley Way in Lithonia, Georgia. When the ambulance arrived they found the young girl unconscious. She and her four other siblings had been left home by their mother, Vivian White according to a WSB report.
One of the children ran to Christopher Fortune's car in a panic as he pulled into his driveway on the afternoon of Oct. 29. The child stated that his sister was choking on a hot dog and about to die. The neighbor ran into the home on Sara Ashley Way and began to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the child. Christopher's wife, Faheemah Fortune, called 911 while her husband continued to try to save the four year old. Faheemah feared the worst after being unable to find the child's pulse.
Paramedics arrived within minutes of the 911 call and the four year old was airlifted to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta. She is currently in the intensive care unit and listed in critical condition.
The mother, Vivian White told police that she was out buying food when the incident happened. White left the home with five minor children ranging in age from 4-10. Exactly how long White had been gone is unknown. According to one of the older children, White left hotdogs for the five kids to eat. The four year old grabbed part of her siblings hotdog and began choking after shoving it in her mouth.
White has been arrested for second degree cruelty to children and was booked in the DeKalb County Jail. The remaining children are now with relatives.